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Introduction
Welcome to A Bahá'í Glossary! We are working diligently to make this site a valuable tool in doing Bahá'í research by combining many resources in one location. Most of the material presented is from previously published sources. All entries are properly cited.
What makes this site differ from other online Bahá'í Glossaries? We have combined many sources and types of information. When completed, this site will contain the following:
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Synopsis of the Contents of this Site
  • Definitions of about 1300 terms from:
    • Two complete reference books:
      • Bahá'í Glossary, by Marzieh Gail
      • A Basic Bahá'í Dictionary, by Wendi Momen, General Editor
    • The glossaries from the back of:
      • The Dawn Breakers, by Nabíl
      • The Kitab-i-Aqdas, by Bahá'u'lláh
      • Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, by Bahá'u'lláh
      • God Passes By, by Shoghi Effendi
      • This Decisive Hour, by Shoghi Effendi
    • Passages from many other books and Internet sources

  • A Chronology of over 4100 Bahá'í and other important religious events
    • Chronology of Bahá'í events
      • A Basic Bahá'í Chronology by Glen Cameron, with Wendi Momen
      • Online updates to current year
      • Events from other books and Internet sources
    • Adamic Cycle
    • Bahá'í Cycle
      • Detailed history of the ministries of:
WHAT IS NEW
The Bahá'í Houses of Worship section
has been started. The lists of Houses of Worship are completed and we are working on the individual Houses. The first eight are complete.
                         Known issues:
  1. Some of the under-dot characters are not yet under-dotted. It is a process that is taking a lot longer than we anticipated.
  2. See What is next for more information.


Some Questions Answered
This is a work in progress, so please check back every few weeks to see what is new. Thank you for visiting A Bahá'í Glossary!
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About the Bahá'í Faith
For more information on the Bahá'í Faith please visit these sites:
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What is Next?
We are currently working on:
  • The newest feature Bahá'í Firsts will take shape as the Chronology progresses. It is a collection of the first time certain events occurred in the Bábí and Bahá'í Faiths.
  • Chronology: the pages all have the event information in them. However, many pages need to be formatted and linked.
  • There are 20 Bahá'í House of Worship pages which have some information, but are not finished.
When all that is finished:
  • We have found 426 new terms to add. These are not included in the statistics. There are many people, places and things mentioned in the pages which are complete that require further elucidation.
  • We will be adding more photographs and images. A New Photo Credits Section has been developed to properly cite all images.
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Alphabetization
At first glance the alphabetization of the Indices looks wrong. Well, with all the transliterated Arabic and Persian characters, diacritics, apostrophes, dashes, spaces and other things in the middle of words, we simply did not know what order in which to put things. So we decided to ignore everything that was not a Roman character. We still encountered problems like Váḥid & Vaḥíd. In cases like this, we used the same ordering system as the source materials.
We realize that this system is confusing, e.g., Ṭá, Land of would ordinarily be between Ṭá and Ṭabarsí. Not here! it is between Takyiy-i-Mawlaví and Talisman because we ignored the comma and space. We do apologize for any confusion this causes, but you should see the pile of hair we scratched off our heads trying to make sense of all the special characters.
 
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Navigation Tips
You will notice that there are many colorful links throughout this site. The Navigation Bar (nav bar) or Menu colors indicate where the links go. The dark blue and light blue links go all over the site; the others are listed below:
Menus and Navigation Bars Index Pages Term Pages
  • Term links
  • Redirected Links
  • Term defined but not edited or proofread
  • Offsite Links
  • In-text cross reference links
  • Offsite Links
  • See also: Links
  • References, Where ABG got the information
  • References, Where the writer of the definition got the information
  • References, Where the writer of the Chronology listing got the information
The heading image at the top and bottom of every page is a link to this Home page.
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