Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

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| Editors: David A. Leeming

Bahá’í: A Psychological Perspective

  • Hamid Peseschkian
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27771-9_9350-4

Introduction

The Bahá’í Faith offers an interesting and challenging ground for psychologists: as the youngest monotheistic world religion (founded in 1844), it is confronted with the challenge of individualism after millennia of collectivism in religious history; it has one of the most cultural diverse communities in the world (Bahá’ís live in more than 200 countries); its aim is the unity of humankind in diversity; harmony between science and religion is one of its main principles; the existence of thousands of pages of original and authentic scripture and biographical literature offers the unique possibility of independent investigation – just to name a few aspects which make the encounter between psychologists and this religion interesting. In the words of Bahá’í literature: “In this Revelation the concepts of the past are brought to a new level of understanding, and the social laws, changed to suit the age now dawning, are designed to carry humanity forward into a world...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wiesbaden Academy of PsychotherapyWiesbadenGermany