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The Secret of Divine Civilization
‘Abdu’l-Bahá
 

INTRODUCTION

 
Never has the spiritual character of true civilization been revealed under such extraordinary circumstances by an author so qualified as ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.
Written in the year 1875, the original Persian text was lithographed in Bombay in 1882. The first English translation was published in London, 1910, and later in Chicago, 1918, under the title Mysterious Forces of Civilization. The present translation by Marzieh Gail, a more accurate rendering, reflects the mastery of both languages possessed by an accomplished author whose father was Persian and whose mother was American, and who has lived for years in both countries.
The name ‘Abdu’l-Bahá has attained unique fame throughout the East and the West, a symbol of wisdom, nobility, heroism and complete consecration to the cause of spiritual unity and universal peace. His name is a title meaning “Servant of Bahá.” (i.e., Servant of Bahá’u’lláh)
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