The equality of men and women has long been recognized as one of the basic principles of the Bahá'í Faith. Paradoxically, however, the implications of this revolutionary principle have rarely been explored or discussed in print. This pioneering work is guaranteed to stimulate new thought and discussion among Bahá'ís.
Equal Circles: Women and Men in the Bahá'í Community is a collection of ten essays written by Bahá'ís who offer their personal insights into questions of gender both within and outside the Bahá'í community. Drawing heavily on personal experience, these women and men seek to analyse the social structures and personal attitudes that have impeded the realization of equality in the Bahá'í community and in society at large. These are not official statements: the authors speak only for themselves. In fact, they disagree with one another on some points. Together the essays represent only the starting point for an open exchange of views.
This book is the third in a series of volumes that seek to promote the discussion of social issues in spiritual perspective. It is an adult book, and the reader is cautioned that some of the essays deal with adult issues and situations.