‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s charter for sustainable development

The Secret of Divine Civilization was written by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to identify the means and causes of development and underdevelopment in the world. Although written in the second half of the 19th century in the context of the question Iran’s modernization, The Secret of Divine Civilization transcends the conditions of 19th century Iran. This sublime treatise offers a compelling and dynamic vision of development that addresses humanity’s material and spiritual aspirations and recommends policies, practices and institutions that can foster this development and promote universal peace.

  • Nabil Leonard Khodadad

    Nabil L. Khodadad is a partner at an international law firm, and is based in their London office. He heads his firm’s project finance practice and has been involved in the development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects around the world. He holds a JD from the University of Chicago Law School and a BA in Economics from Northwestern University.


45th Annual Conference

In the Footsteps of ʻAbdu’l-Bahá: Contributing to the Discourses of Our Time


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.