Anti-intellectuallism carried out by the famous Baha’i Universal House of Justice

Baha’is and their UHJ handlers- who are divine according to Baha’i propaganda- have created an atmosphere of anti-intellectuallism amongst its members.

Any one who has had academic training, and has questioned the sinister motives of the UHJ has been “quicked out of the Baha’i ranks”.

The only ones left with “academic credentials” are Baha’is who are used car salesmen, failed businessmen, failed psychiastrist indicted in sexually battery, failed professor fired from Berry, and many other mentally unhinged Baha’is with poor credentials but with a “huge blind allegiance” to the UHJ.

Story of Abbas Amanat

The true story of Abbas Amanat is as follows.  He was brought up a Baha’i,in a Kashan family that had traditionally been Jewish but that had converted to the Baha’i faith in the previous generation.  His brother Husayn designed the monument at Azadi square in Tehran, and also the seat of the universal house of justice.  His father is an accomplished historian and is writing a multi-volume history of the Kashan Baha’i community.  His brother Mehrdad is also a historian and co-authored the section on Qajar Iran in the prestigious Cambridge History of Iran.  As a young intellectual at Tehran University and then later at Oxford, Abbas noticed that there was an authoritarian and anti-intellectual streak to the Baha’i organization, as exemplified in bigots such as Furutan (who had played a very sinister role in the attack on and suppression of Mazandarani’s scholarship back in the 1930s and 1940s).  Abbas therefore very wisely decided rather early on that he wanted nothing to do with the Baha’i organization.  However, he has said repeatedly and publicly that he is “in love with the Bab.”
Abbas wrote his dissertation on the Babi movement at Oxford under the direction of Albert Hourani and Roger Owen, two of the magisterial historians of the Middle East in our times.  He then came to the United States to teach at Yale.  He did not ask to be transferred from the UK to the US Baha’i community, but some helpful person in Wilmette heard of his advent and entered him into the US rolls.  Abbas, naturally, declined to submit his major historical study of the Babis for their approval or censoring to the motley assemblage of insurance salesmen, electrical engineers, bit part actors and failed businessmen who staff the upper echelons of the Baha’i administration.  His book was published by Cornell University Press in 1989.

The Baha’i Distribution Service, to its credit, felt that Abbas’s book would be of interest to the Baha’is, and therefore contracted with Cornell University Press to buy 500 copies.   When the book was distributed to the Baha’is, it generated large numbers of angry letters from the fundamentalists in the community who have the impression that they own the religion and can tell people what they may or may not say.  They were upset that it departs from the details of Nabil’s Narrative (which many have elevated to the status of infallible scripture) and Shoghi Effendi’s God Passes By (ditto).  Moreover, some religious bureaucrats in Wilmette became uneasy about carrying a book by an author who was on the rolls but who had declined to have it reviewed.  A dispute therefore broke out in Wilmette as to whether the Baha’i Distribution Service should continue to carry the book.

This dispute was ultimately submitted to the universal house of justice, which in reply declared that Abbas Amanat was not a Baha’i, and therefore the Baha’i Distribution Service was welcome to distribute his book, as it would be to distribute the book of any non-Baha’i author.  I have a copy of this letter, but it is in my file cabinets somewhere and I am not going to spend time digging it out just to satisfy Susan Maneck, who may believe it or not as she likes. In the good old days before the universal house of justice’s membership began being stacked with former counselors (who tend to have an Inquisitorial mindset, since part of their job is Inquisition), the only way to be removed from the rolls of Baha’i membership once you were entered on them was to write a letter explicitly renouncing belief in Baha’u’llah.
Professor Amanat has never done so, although it is no secret that he long ago dissociated himself from the Baha’i organization and its authoritarian practices. I find Susan Maneck’s speculation about his internal, private, existential beliefs, based on nothing more than hearsay, to be extremely rude and the height of slander (since she is bringing up slander).  Has she ever had so much as a private conversation with Professor Amanat?  I find her, and her organization’s, willingness to expel Baha’is from their own religion by haughty and arrogant fiat, to be not only offensive but indicative of a quite dangerous mindset.

In any case, the US Baha’i authorities have slightly more integrity about these things than do the Canadian ones, since they declined to remove Professor Amanat from the rolls simply on the say-so of the universal house of justice.  They have sought from him a clarification of his views, but he maintains that his views are nobody’s business.
However, I will indulge in a little speculation.  I think that if the Baha’i religious authorities really desire to make themselves so odious that they succeed in chasing out of the religion all the major Baha’i professors at major universities, that they will succeed in this.  Apparently the real purpose of these intellectual programs is to ensure that it may be said that learned persons such as Denis MacEoin, Abbas Amanat and Linda Walbridge are not Baha’is, but the real Baha’is are ignoramuses who know no Middle Eastern languages, know nothing serious about Baha’i history, and adhere to a fundamentalist and intolerant point of view on the Baha’i faith, and who have managed to get themselves elected to high office (often through the most shameful campaigning and manipulation).

Juan Cole

8 Comments on “Anti-intellectuallism carried out by the famous Baha’i Universal House of Justice”

  1. Dennis King says:

    “The only ones left with “academic credentials” are Baha’is who are used car salesmen, failed businessmen, failed psychiastrist indicted in sexually battery, failed professor fired from Berry, and many other mentally unhinged Baha’is with poor credentials but with a “huge blind allegiance” to the UHJ.”

    The moment I read the above sentence, I discontinued my reading. What’s interesting is that this man, Juan Cole, is a professor–a so-called intellectual. If that is the case, then what need had he for constructing such a sentence?

    Whatever I read, whether it be a critique of Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, BASKETBALL, “pimp’n and ho’n,” a restaurant, or anything else, what I want to see is a COLD analysis. Because when someone injects the kind of crap this professor has injected, that person’s integrity, as far as I’m concern, amounts to negative infinity.

    I call such writing “Internet tricks.” This guy oozes with arrogance.

    I’m research various religions intently, and I came across this. What it has done is ATTRACTED me to the Baha’i Faith. Because, when you get this kind of uncalled for, nasty personal-attack crap, then it’s a signal that the target must be doing something RIGHT.

    Juan Cole is an ASS (and probably proud of it)

    • bahaisects says:

      Dear Dennis,
      Juan Cole is a professor and intellectual IS AN accepted fact by Baha’is and people worldwide. You are unable to give him fitting reply hence you are targeting him due to your superstitious belief in Bahaullah and Abdul Baha.

      • peace says:

        and, What is your opinion of William Sears? I have met many smart and intellectual honest Baha’is. Robert Stockman and his wife are friends of mine very intelligent and honest people. Robert Stockman used to work for NASA. And, to as Juan Cole such broad stroke proves he is anything but an intellectual.

  2. bahaisects says:

    I am not here to discuss how truthful individual bahais are !!!!
    I have answered to the objection by you regarding Juan Cole.
    Just go and do come more research, Mr. Peace

    • peace says:

      That is you and Cole’s problem you use broad strokes about from actions of few kooks then when called on it you claim you don’t want to get into individual Baha’is. Every group has kooks i have personally had conversations with a few crazy Baha’is myself. But, from personal experience mos Baha’is I have met been smart, thought, and honest people.
      Since, your bringing up claims without any proof on which the burden is yours to prove.
      Makes you and this nut Cole look like the kooks.

  3. If there is deception among all deceptions it is Bahai Islam Buddhism
    Watch tower etc

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