Learning from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in a society characterized by ageism

Bahá’ís the world over see ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as the Centre of the Covenant and as the Exemplar of how we should live. However, we don’t often think about Him, after His release from prison, as an old man. This presentation explores how ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s example informs our own lives given the prevalence of ageism in Western society.

  • Deborah K. van den Hoonaard

    Deborah K. van den Hoonaard is a sociologist and professor emerita at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She is the Social-Science Editor of the Canadian Journal on Aging and author of Qualitative Research in Action (2019), By Himself, The Older Man’s Experience of Widowhood (2010), and The Widowed Self: The Older Woman's Journey through Widowhood (2001). In partnership with her husband, she studied the experiences of Iranian Bahá’í immigrants in the Atlantic Region of Canada. Together, they have authored The Equality of Women and Men: The Experience of the Bahá’í Community of Canada.


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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.