Being Human: Baha’i Perspectives on Islam, Modernity, and Peace
This book untangles a paradox. The Baha’i Faith claims to accept the Prophet Muhammad as Messenger of God and the Seal of the Prophets. But, Baha’is insist that their religion is a new and independent revelation from God that stands distinct and apart from Islam and Islamic practice. Todd Lawson attempts to understand how such apparent “cognitive dissonance” may be resolved. He explains the deep connection between the Baha’i Faith and Islam, and how this relationship is one among many in what must remain the continuing, and perhaps endless, attempts to mine the Baha’i scriptures for all their inexhaustible implications. Being Human seeks to reconcile many contradictions and demonstrate how Baha’i teachings point the way toward peace and the reconciliation of all world religions.
Todd Lawson is Emeritus Professor of Islamic Thought at the University of Toronto.