A Crown Of Beauty
The Bahá'í Faith and the Holy Land
by Eunice Braun
and Hugh Chance
The story of the outstanding religious drama of our time with original drawings and photographs.
A Crown of Beauty is a unique portrayal in words, photographs and drawings of the outstanding religious drama of our time - the rise of the Bahá'í Faith, from its birth in Persia in 1844 amid violent persecutions, to its establishment today throughout the World. The story unfolds vividly through the lives and missions of the three central figures of the Faith - the Báb, Bahá'u'lláh and 'Abdu'l-Bahá - and the great works of its Guardian, Shoghi Effendi. Its universal principles, and its goal of a peaceful, ordered world society are also explained.
The book focuses on the Holy Land, that small turbulent area in the Middle East which has played such a vital role in religious history - a land held sacred by Jews, Christians, Muslims, and now Bahá'ís. Here is the fascinating story of the creation in the Haifa-'Akká area of the Holy Places, and the spiritual and administrative World Centre of the Bahá'í Faith - a process which began in 1868 and is still continuing.
'For sheer beauty, few buildings in the world can compare with those erected at the international headquaters of Bahá'í Faith ... incomparable gardens, lovingly tended ... remind the visitor of the Garden of Eden which lies in the human past - and to which a perfected humanity shall one day return.' Franklin Littell
Eunice Braun has been involved with books for most of her life, as writer, editor, book designer, and publisher; for twenty years she was Managing Director of the American Bahá'í Publishing Trust. As an avid world traveller, she has visited the countries and scenes of which she writes in this book.
Hugh E. Chance practised law in Iowa for twenty six years, except for Service in the US Navy during the last World War. He became Secretary of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'í of the United States in 1961, but in 1963 was elected to the Universal House of Justice at the Bahá'í World Centre. His keen interest in the history of the Haifa-'Akká area is reflected in his conception and design of 'A Crown of Beauty'.
Published in 1982.
104 pages, 73 photographs, 2 maps
26.7 x 21.6 cm (10.5 x 8.5 in)