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The Life of Rúhíyyih Khánum – Online Session with Dr. Hussein Ahdieh

December 12 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST

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This presentation celebrates the launch of Dr. Ahdieh’s newest book ‘From Canada to Mount Carmel’ , co-authored with Hillary Chapman, and will present highlights from the life of Mary Maxwell / Rúhíyyih Khánum.  You’ll see rare photos and hear stories on the life and contributions of Rúhíyyih Khánum from early childhood to her passing in 2000. It will include her marriage to Shoghi Effendi, their life during the Second World War, her extensive travel around the world on behalf of the Universal House of Justice and pivotal role in the advancement and sustenance of the Baha’i Faith over the years.

From Canada to Mount Carmel, from Handmaid to Hand of the Cause and devoted wife of Shoghi Effendi. Ahdieh and Chapman paint an exquisite written portrait of Ruhiyyih Khanum, from her precocious childhood, her qualities of devotion and out­spoken­ness seen as a teen, and through her many years of service to the Bahá’í Faith—based on historical documents, as well as many personal letters, which will be new to many readers.

“The authors have undertaken an incredible task: to condense the life of one of the most important and charismatic Bahá’í figures of the 20th century into a narrative directed to youth everywhere. ‘Amatu’l-Bahá Rúhíyyih Khánum, author, playwright, filmmaker, poetess, Bahá’í ambassadress, and above all, wife of the Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith, Shoghi Effendi Rabbani, described by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as the ‘sign of God’ on earth.” Dr. Duane Troxel

“This remarkable book is dedicated to youth all over the world. However, since it gives an inspiring and intimate look at the life of Ruhiyyih Khanum quoting from her personal diaries and those of Violette Nakhjavani, her closest companion, it deserves the attention of all who are interested in the Baha’i Faith.”  Judge Dorothy Nelson

Join us for the hour on Tuesday, December 12, 2023:  8:00 PM Eastern _ 7:00 PM Central _ 6:00 PM Mountain _ 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Please RSVP for this 60 minute session.  There is no cost for the session however a donation today helps DRBI continue to offer exceptional content to you. Thank you in advance. Please donate here.  And note, donors still need to register as well.


About Hussein Ahdieh:

a picture of Hussein Ahdieh, co-author of Ruhiyyih Khanum, seated outside a downtown brick building with a copy of the book in his hands.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 book describing the development and success of this Baha’i inspired institute. His new book is a comprehensive account about the life of Rúhíyyih Khánum created for a young audience.




December 12
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST




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