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History of Religion

How has the geography of religion evolved over the centuries, and where has it sparked wars? Our map gives us a brief history of the world's most well-known religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism. Selected periods of inter-religious bloodshed are also highlighted. Want to see 5,000 years of religion in 90 seconds? Ready, Set, Go!

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A brief history of women's movements in Iran 1850-2000

Any analysis of the women’s movement in Iran is a very complicated task and requires time and space. This very brief article is meant to provide much needed basic information for the general public and to provide a coherent picture of what has been happening over the last two centuries. The second half of the nineteenth century is the beginning of fundamental structural and ideological transformations in Iran and the start of the women’s movement that is still going on.

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The first major figure, Fatima, the eldest daughter of a prominent religious leader was born in Ghazvin in 1814. Fatima and her sister Marzieh received religious training and became masters in Persian literature, Arabic and Islamic studies. At the age of 14, she married her cousin the son of Mulla Mohammed Taghi Borghani, one of the most famous Usuli religious leaders. Orthodox and dogmatic the Usulis dominated the theological schools and strongly opposed all other schools of thought including Ahkbari and the latter Sheykhi who demanded reforms and challenged the authority of Mujtahids.

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The World is Flat

The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

By Thomas L. Friedman

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

New York

To come right to the main point of this review: Thomas Friedman's brilliant catch phase, book title and powerfully developed new thesis — "The World is Flat" — is yet another reaffirmation of what Bahá'u'lláh said about 150 years ago when He declared that “The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.”

That's not to say there is nothing new in Mr. Friedman's latest book. The World Is Flat is a wide-ranging examination of how trends and technologies like freedom, the Internet, and open-source software are converging to make it possible for educated people everywhere to compete with the best and the brightest in North America and Europe . And that is changing everything, for people everywhere, much more quickly than had been previously imagined.

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Mr. Friedman, a Pulitzer prize-winning columnist for the New York Times , says the convergence of these trends and technologies is “flattening” the world. They create a “level playing field” where companies and individuals now successfully compete in the global market regardless of location.

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Religious organization to celebrate centennial in Topeka

The Baha'i faith has been in Topeka for 100 years.

The faith is based on the belief that there is one creator of the universe, one creation and one message from the creator. That message has progressively been revealed over the ages, said Duane Herrman, a Baha'ist.

Herrman said people of different faiths have taken the message and made different religions out of it. That is why the existence of many Gods in many different religions is okay, he said.

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Photo gallery - The photos date back to the early years of the Baha'i religion in Topeka. The Baha'is will celebrate 100 years of their faith August 5.

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Uncovering the history behind the sacred symbol that graces a Topeka headstone

The Baha'i Community in Topeka is the oldest, continuous one in Kansas.

In its centennial year, the community looks to its past.

Duane Herrmann, one of the local leaders in the Baha'i Faith community, explains some little-known facts about the legacy Baha'is have left in this area.


"It's a religion. It's a way of life," Duane said. "It's a way of looking at life. It's a way of guiding your life so that you are helpful to other people."

The Topeka Cemetery is where some of the early Topekan Baha'is are buried.

The faith first came to Topeka in 1906 with a woman named Rose Hilty. She and her husband attended classes in Enterprise, Kansas.

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