When 'Abdu'l-Bahá visited the West, he encountered numerous organizations and leaders of the Peace movement in both Europe and the United States. This presentation will attempt to compare the discourse offered by 'Abdu'l-Bahá on issues such as the causes of war, the requirements for peace, world governance or the arms race, with that of those organizations and individuals with whom he came in contact. It will also attempt to show the way in which He pointed out the many incoherencies in the conceptual framework predominant within the peace movement and other progressive organizations.
Amin Emilio Egea
I am a Bahá’í from Barcelona, Spain, and have obtained my Phd in the field of Modern History with a dissertation about the discourse of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and its contrast with the prevalent discourses at the time of His travels. I am author of the book The Apostle of Peace, which presents the life of the Master (1871-1921) using non-Bahá’í sources. My dissertation will soon be published by the Bahá’í Publishing Trust of Spain under the title Un Clamor por la Paz (A Cry for Peace) together with a small book presenting the life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the Bahá’í teachings.
The views expressed in this recording are those of the presenter and do not necessarily represent the views of the Association for Bahá’í Studies, nor the authoritative explications of Bahá’í writings.