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  1. n.d.. Timeline of major letters of the Guardian. Date, location published, summary, and memorable quotations of some significant letters of Shoghi Effendi. [about]
  2. 2020. Letters of Shoghi Effendi, Arranged Chronologically, by Shoghi Effendi. Compilation of all the Guardian's messages, arranged in chronological order as individual "rich text" files. This arrangement allows us to see the flow of guidance from Shoghi Effendi over time, and perhaps identify patterns. [about]
  3. 2018. Afire with the Vision: Messages from Shoghi Effendi to Latin America, by Shoghi Effendi. Last of the continental collections from Shoghi Effendi's ministry (1921–1957). [about]
  4. 2010. Letters to Alain Locke, by Shoghi Effendi and Ruhi Afnan. Collection of letters between Shoghi Effendi, his secretary, and Alain Locke, and related historical material on Locke. [about]
  5. 1998. Tablet of the Centennial, by Shoghi Effendi. An epistle to the Persian-speaking Bahá'ís. Includes English translation of Muhammad Varqa's "Le Style persan du Gardien." [about]
  6. 1997-05. Letter to Jináb-i-Áqá Mírzá Bádí'u'lláh Khán of Abadih, by Shoghi Effendi. Answers four questions: (1) re "Crimson Scroll"; (2) re the "Sacred Night"; (3) re the "Tablet of the Bell"; and (4) using the Kitab-i-Aqdas for bibliomancy. [about]
  7. 1994-12-11. Prayers of Shoghi Effendi, by Shoghi Effendi. Why the Guardian's prayers are not translated into English. [about]
  8. 1986. August Forel Defends the Persecuted Persian Bahá'ís: 1925-1927, by John Paul Vader, in Bahá'í World, Vol. 18 (1979-1983). History of Forel's involvement with the Faith. Includes correspondence from Shoghi Effendi. [about]
  9. 1973-04-21. Station and Titles of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, The, by Shoghi Effendi, in Bahá'í World, Vol. 15 (1968-1973). Two excerpts from Shoghi Effendi's writings, one from "The Dispensation of Bahá'u'lláh" and the other from God Passes By. [about]
  10. 1973-04-21. Account of the Passing of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, An, by Shoghi Effendi and Lady Sarah Louisa Blomfield, in Bahá'í World, 15 (1968-1973). On the last days of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, his funeral, and tributes on his behalf. [about]
  11. 1970/1975. Lifeblood of the Cause, by Shoghi Effendi. Selections from the writings of the Guardian on the proper appreciation of the importance and meaning of contributing to Bahá'í Funds. [about]
  12. 1955-11-5. Letter from the Guardian to John B. Cornell, 1955, by Shoghi Effendi. A letter stating Bahá'ís should seek guidance with local Bahá'í leadership in matters of divorce. [about]
  13. 1953. Bahá'í Faith, The: 1844-1952: Information Statistical and Comparative. [about]
  14. 1950. Bahá'í Faith, The: 1844-1950: Information Statistical and Comparative. [about]
  15. 1947/1948. Letter to the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine, by Shoghi Effendi and Horace Holley. Shoghi Effendi's summary of the relationship of the Bahá'í Faith to Palestine, written as an introduction to the pamphlet "The Faith of Bahá'u'lláh: A World Religion." Includes Holley's letter to the UN the next year on Bahá'í shrines in Palestine. [about]
  16. 1947-07. Faith of Bahá'u'lláh, The: A World Religion, by Shoghi Effendi. A summary of the origin, teachings and institutions of the Bahá'í Faith, prepared in 1947 for the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine by Shoghi Effendi in his capacity as Head of the Bahá'í Faith. [about]
  17. 1946-05. Guardian's Seven Year Plan for the American Bahá'ís: 1946-1953, by Shoghi Effendi. Teaching goals, institutional objectives, financial statistics, and other information from the Guardian pertaining to the American community. [about]
  18. 1946-03-09. Letter from the Guardian to John B. Cornell, 1946, by Shoghi Effendi. Letter on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, noting how many letters he now had to deal with, encouraging Bahá'í youth to play a greater role in the activities of the Faith, and that questions about secondary administrative matters should be put to the NSA. [about]
  19. 1942-10-24. Letter to Marzieh Gail, by Shoghi Effendi. Letter on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, stating that not being reappointed to Bahá'í committees gives people more opportunity to engage in the teaching work, and expressing pleasure at the Bahá'ís' lack of prejudice towards minority group members. [about]
  20. 1937. Bahá'í Procedure, by Shoghi Effendi and National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States. Instructions from Shoghi Effendi and procedures and rulings adopted by the National Spiritual Assembly, compiled from the Guardian's letters, Bahá'í News, and minutes and records of the National Spiritual Assembly, for the information of American Bahá'ís. [about]
  21. 1932. Bahiyyih Khanum: Eulogy for the Greatest Holy Leaf, in the Guardian's handwriting, by Shoghi Effendi. A hand-written tribute to Bahiyyih Khanum, a daughter of Bahá'u'lláh. [about]
  22. 1932(?). Genealogy of Bab, The, by Shoghi Effendi, in The Dawn-Breakers. Genealogy of the family of the Bab and the family of Bahá'u'lláh in relation to the Bab. [about]
  23. 1928. Biography of Hippolyte Dreyfus-Barney, by Laura Clifford Barney and Shoghi Effendi. A biography of the first French Bahá'í, followed by telegrams and letters from Shoghi Effendi to Laura Dreyfus-Barney and Hippolyte's sister Mrs. Yvonne Meyer-May. [about]
  24. 1925-02-14. Letters to Grace Holley and Visalia LSA, by Shoghi Effendi and John Esslemont. Small collection of correspondence between Shoghi Effendi and the LSA of Visalia, California. [about]
  25. 1923-1924. Bahai Movement, The: A paper read by Shoghi Effendi at Oxford, by Shoghi Effendi, in The Dawn, 1:1-8. Text of an address given to the Oxford University Asiatic Society, February 1921, before the passing of 'Abdu'l-Bahá and before Shoghi Effendi was appointed the "Guardian." [about]
  26. 1923-12-19. Extracts from the Guardian's Letter of December 19 1923 Addressed to the Baha'is of the East, by Shoghi Effendi. Words of consolation and uplift to the Bahá'í community two years after the passing of Abdu'l-Bahá, on being not disturbed by the authorities of earthly affairs. Various English translations from a letter originally in Persian. [about]
  27. 1915. La función de los deportes en la vida, by Shoghi Effendi, in The Students' Union Gazette. Publicado con el nombre de "Shawki Rabbani" por la gaceta de su universidad. Shoghi Effendi tendría 17 ó 18 años en ese momento. [about]
  28. 1915-11. Rules of Parliamentary Discipline, by Shoghi Effendi, in The Students' Union Gazette. Published under the name "Shawki Rabbani" for his school journal. Shoghi Effendi would have been around age 16 at the time. [about]
  29. 1914-15. Function of Sports in Life, The, by Shoghi Effendi, in The Students' Union Gazette. Published under the name "Shawki Rabbani," for his school journal, when he was 17 or 18 years old. [about]
  30. 1912/1947/1974. "Easy Familiarity," Explanations of, by Ruhiyyih (Mary Maxwell) Khanum and Ann Boylan. Statements on displays of affection (hugging and kissing) between members of the opposite sex. Also questions on assembly infallibility, and whether one with a minority opinion should vote against his conscience. [about]
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