Laura Barney’s Discipleship to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
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Miron, L. M. “Laura Barney’s Discipleship to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Tracing a Theological Flow from the Middle East to the United States, 1900–1916”. The Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 28, no. 1-2, June 2018, pp. 7-31, doi:10.31581/jbs-28.1-2.2(2018).


The discipleship of the young American Laura Clifford Barney to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the early 1900s resulted in a flow of spiritual teachings from East to West. After several years of intense engagement with her teacher in Palestine, Barney sought to disseminate in her Western homelands what she had learned. Her private and public writings demonstrate how she employed ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s teachings in her efforts to influence social discourse by promoting the Bahá’í Faith in Europe and the United States. Examining these teachings and Barney’s applications thereof in her rhetoric allows us to witness how a transnational
channel of theological knowledge developed.
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