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The Secret of Divine Civilization
‘Abdu’l-Bahá
 
The recorded talks and the writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá which seem to preserve the essence of His message to the West include the addresses delivered in City Temple, London, at Stanford University, California, in Temple Emmanuel, San Francisco, His letter addressed to the Committee on Durable Peace, The Hague, and His letter addressed to the late Dr. Forel, scientist of Switzerland. In many public talks in the United States He called upon America to lead the nations to peace, justice and social order.
In Some Answered Questions, Laura Barney accurately recorded ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s answers to questions related to the Prophets, to man’s destiny, his attributes and powers, to immortality and the life hereafter, which have long been cherished as an ideal introduction to this new age of universal religion.
The mission so faithfully fulfilled by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá from 18923 to 1921 as Head of the Bahá’í World Community, providential as it was, does not concern the text presented in this volume.
The Secret of Divine Civilization consists of a message addressed to the rulers and people of Persia.
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The Western reader will not fail to note that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá employed passages from the Qur’án on which to establish the spiritual significances of His theme and to press His appeal to the Islamic nation of Persia. Since the Qur’án is little known in the West, the passages
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