Celestial Burning

Celestial Burning

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A Selective Study of the Writings of Shoghi Effendi

A Celestial Burning is the winner of the Association for Bahá'íStudies, North America's Book Award 2013 for distinguished scholarship.

This book is a comprehensive study of selected writings of Shoghi Effendi Rabbani (1897-1957), the Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith. The author has approached Shoghi Effendi's writings from two main perspectives: the Guardian as the divine interpreter, a man of incisive religious thought; and Shoghi Effendi the eloquent writer, a vocation that was inseparable from his sacred office as Guardian of the Faith. Based on years of careful analysis and research, the author treats such themes as Shoghi Effendi's view of providential history as divine drama, his effective use of rhetoric, his views on morality and spirituality, his understanding of the emerging world order as a modern-day apocalypse, and it analyses the style and patterns that emerge from his epistolary prose.

This book will serve to inform not only scholars but also all those teachers, administrators, and general readers who seek a deeper understanding of these aspects of the writings of the Guardian, and who may wish to develop them in their talks or publications.


Author: Jack McLean.

Format: Hardcover book, 606 pages, 17 x 24 cm.

Publisher: Baha'i Literature & Publication Trust of India, 2012.

About Jack McLean

Born in Toronto, Canada, J.A. (Jack) McLean is an independent scholar and poet living in Ottawa. After completing studies in French literature at the Sorbonne in Paris,he graduated with distinction from the University of Ottawa (M.A. History of Religions 1972), concentrating in world religions.

A Celestial Burning is his third book. He has also written various academic articles and essays in the fields of Bahá’í theology and spirituality. Mr. McLean is a former winner of the creative writing award fromthe Association for Bahá’í Studies, North America. He is the current convener of the Ottawa Creative Writers’ Group which published its most recent collection of poems, Markings, in 2011. Mr. McLean is the current Bahá’í respondent for the weekly “Ask the Religion Experts” page of the Ottawa Citizen, one of Canada’s national newspapers.