- Category: Baha'i studies
- Created: Thursday, 06 August 2015 03:43
- Published: Thursday, 06 August 2015 03:36
- Written by Sen McGlinn, Sen's Day
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Editorial, August 6, 2015.
On July 26, Professor Mehrangiz Kar posted an article in Persian on the Rooz Online site, which referenced remarks she made as a guest speaker at a symposium in Virginia, focusing on the historical and social context of Taaherehs unveiling at Badasht. Dr. Kars question, which she repeated in the article on Rooz online, (in Persian) was:
Suppose that Taahereh were to miraculously return to life, and came to the same meeting [in Badasht], and put her name forward for membership of the House of Justice, the highest decision-making body for Bahais. Given the ruling of the new religion, that women are excluded from the principle (sic) centre of authority in the Bahai Faith simply by virtue of their sex, could Taahereh, with all her courage, passion, wisdom and knowledge, enter the House of Justice?
The responses from some Bahais, at the symposium and following her article on Rooz Online, have been such that the National Spiritual Assembly of the United States has published a letter, in Persian and in English, which reproves the harsh criticism made against Professor Kar by some Bahais.
I have posted the entire letter in English on my Bahai Studies blog, under the title Lets talk, together with some reflections on what can be learned, and what could be done.