With this issue, the Journal of Bahá’í Studies begins a discourse that we plan to extend over a long period rather than confine to a single themed publication. We begin with articles that reexamine the beginning of the concept of race itself, which—as the Bahá’í Writings affirm and as most contemporary scholarship concurs—is not a reality but a particularly misguided social construct. An antithesis to the fundamental verity that mankind is one and has been created in the image of its God, it is thus a fiction that drives this animus and divides peoples from one another.
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