— Lecture Tour —
Awakening: A History of the Bábi and Bahá'í Faiths in Nayriz
By Hussein Ahdieh and Hillary Chapman

Hussein Ahdieh is travelling, generating interest in his upcoming book, Awakening: A History of the Bábi and Bahá’í Faiths in Nayriz.

Hussein, with the help of several friends, has created an intriguing presentation that highlights the birth and growth of the Faith in Nayriz since 1850. It focuses on the heroic exploits of Vahíd and the inhabitants of Nayriz who embraced the message of the Báb in 1850, their struggle in Khajih Fortress, the martyrdom of Vahid, subsequent upheavals in 1853 and 1909, and the suffering of the survivors of those upheavals in the hands of a ruthless enemy. It also highlights the evolution of the Bahá'í community in Nayriz and sheds new light on the role of strong, dedicated Bábi and Bahá'í women.

Additionally, the presentation unveils a collection of tablets from Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to Hussein’s ancestors or to the people of Nayriz. For many years, members of Hussein’s family safeguarded the tablets, especially during periods of active persecution. The tablets eventually were carried to Haifa for safekeeping. Hussein has arranged to have the tablets restored, digitally enhanced and tastefully decorated.

So far Hussein has spoken to captivated audiences at Green Acre, Louhelen and Bosch Bahá’í schools as well as Acuto, Italy and Izmir, Turkey with other presentations scheduled.

Hussein Editing Awakening Persian Translation

Hussein with grandson Thomas

Chatting at Green Acre with Robert Ahdieh and Gordon Naylor (NSA Canada)

Green Acre Homecoming 2012

With Dr. Ehsan Yarshater at Persian Conference in Chicago

With Bob Harris at Green Acre

Irfan Colloquium Acuto, Italy

Irfan Colloquium Bosch School May 2012

Irfan Colloquium Louhelen School October 2012

In Izmir, Turkey

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