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Old 03-12-2015, 11:07 PM   #1
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Question Countries Opened to the Baha’i Faith 1844-1892

Period of the Báb’s Ministry (1844-1853)
'Iraq and Persia

Period of Baha’u’llah’s Ministry (1853- 1892)
Adhirbayjan, Armenia, Burma, Egypt, Georgia, India, Israel, Lebanon, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, and Turkmenistan.
(Compiled by Shoghi Effendi, ‘The Baha’i Faith 1844-1952, Information Statistical and Comparative Baha'i Historical Facts: Countries Opened to the Baha’i Faith – during the Ministries of the Báb and Baha’u’llah)

Why Shoghi Effendi included in that list countries like Israel and Pakistan?
 
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Old 03-13-2015, 06:27 AM   #2
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Period of the Báb’s Ministry (1844-1853)
'Iraq and Persia

Period of Baha’u’llah’s Ministry (1853- 1892)
Adhirbayjan, Armenia, Burma, Egypt, Georgia, India, Israel, Lebanon, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, and Turkmenistan.
(Compiled by Shoghi Effendi, ‘The Baha’i Faith 1844-1952, Information Statistical and Comparative Baha'i Historical Facts: Countries Opened to the Baha’i Faith – during the Ministries of the Báb and Baha’u’llah)

Why Shoghi Effendi included in that list countries like Israel and Pakistan?
Isn't that obvious? The Guardian used the political map of his day, where Israel and Pakistan meanwhile had appeared. In the same manner, we used to say that the first temple was built in Russia, whereas today, we'd say that it was bult in Turkmenistan. Gogol was a great Soviet writer. Nowadays, he's a great Ukrainian writer.

And when we take a closer look at the list, we notice that Adhirbayjan, Armenia, Georgia, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and Turkmenistan didn't exist during Bahá'u'lláh's ministry. They were all part of the Russian and Ottoman empires.

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Old 03-14-2015, 09:14 AM   #3
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Yeah, I'd say it referred to geographic location. Otherwise the List of countries would be, in total: Persia, Ottoman Empire, Russian Empire, and British Empire (Pakistan region). Which doesn't really communicate much useful information due to the size of those Empires.
 
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