This is an adapted form of a paper read as the Hasan Balyuzi Memorial Lecture at the Thirteenth Annual Conference of the Association of Bahá’í Studies in 1988. This paper considers the challenges caused by the influx of Third World villagers into the Bahá’í world community. The author examines what light a study of the history of the Bahá’í Faith can shed upon this phenomenon. In particular, he examines the way in which a study of Bahá’í history can assist with the problems of how to adapt our presentations of the Bahá’í Faith to the context of different cultures; how to adapt our methods of presenting the Bahá’í teachings; and how to accelerate the process of realizing these teachings in the lives of the villagers.
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Copyright © 1989 Moojan Momen