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The Great Tahirih: The Imperative Of A Girl’s Education with Hussein Ahdieh
January 22, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EST
DRBI is honored to host this presentation and discussion with Dr. Hussein Ahdieh. Participants will learn about the spiritual and practical contribution of the great Tahirih towards establishing Bahá’í schools for girls in Iran, which began a whole progressive educational movement for women both in Iran and throughout the world.
Society advances through revolutionary actions leading to change in social morals, some well publicized, others less. The mid-19th century was a time of such change in the East with the Babi movement and Tahirih of Qazvin leading the way.
In the heart of Persia, God’s Hand was at play, orchestrating realization of the spiritual basis of life and the need to move towards oneness. In this highly intense and vibrant atmosphere Tahirih became a forerunner of Social Change leading to women’s and girls’ education in one of the most underdeveloped countries in the World.
In the early 20th century the descendants of Tahirih, the Baha’is of Iran, along with progressive reformers start establishing girls’ schools and promote education for women. Abdu’l Baha was the main force orchestrating the formation of the Bahá’í schools and providing financial and moral support for their continuation.
90 minute session on Saturday, January 22, 2022 starting: 8:00 PM Eastern _ 7:00 PM Central _ 6:00 PM Mountain _ 5:00 PM Pacific Time
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Dr. Ahdieh was born and raised in Nayriz, Iran, He is a sixth generation Bahá’í, his ancestors figuring among the first in Nayriz to accept the Bábi and later Bahá’í Faith. Hussein immigrated to the United States as a young man of 17. Like many immigrants seeking a better life in America, he worked and attended college in the New York area. Hussein eventually completed a master’s degree in European Intellectual History and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Ahdieh has had a distinguished career in education in New York.
In addition to Awakening, which has been translated into 6 languages, Dr. Ahdieh has co-authored with Hillary Chapman the following books: Abdul-Bahá in New York (translated into three languages), a concise, informative history of; Abdul-Bahá’s activities during his visits to the area; “A Way out of No Way: Harlem Prep –Transforming Dropouts into Scholars-1967-1977, a Baha’i inspired institute. His new book is a comprehensive study about the life of Tahirih and her American contemporaries in English and Persian languages. His latest book: Foreigner: From an Iranian village to New York City tells the story of an Iranian Baha’i immigrant to the United States in a series of moving and humorous episodes set against the backdrop of a changing Iran – the plight of Baha’is there, in the tumult of the ’60s and ’70s in the U.S.