L604 Fall 2019 Teachings of the Bahá’i Faith
Mondays, 9:40–11:05, Sept. 23–Oct. 28
Instructor: Esfandiar Aghdassi
Bahá’is believe that the Bahá’i Faith is the most recent religion to come from God for this stage in human development. Bahá calls it progressive revelations, where humanity can be compared to a person who goes through different growth stages and develops a greater ability to grasp complex ideas. Each time a divine messenger appears, the message is given at levels appropriate to humanity’s degree of maturation. In this view, each different religion may have had truth explained differently, according to the needs and capacities of the recipients of the teaching. This course will cover:
- An introduction that includes the life of the soul and the spiritual teaching of the faith for progress of the soul.
- The twelve social teachings with the pivotal teaching of the Unity of Mankind under a global social order.
- The history of the Bahá’i Faith and its founder Bahá’u’lláh and other central figures of the faith.
- The organization of the faith, since they do not have clergies.
- What Bahá’is do locally and around the world.
was born in Iran in 1952. He finished his bachelor’s degree in statistics in Iran before coming to Washington, DC to advance his studies. He got his MA in statistics at The George Washington University and finished his PhD course work in the same field. After the 1979 revolution in Iran, he decided to stay in the United States and opened a business in Loudoun County. He is a member of the Bahá’i community and serves on the Spiritual Assembly of Loudoun County