Autobiography/Biography

Prophet’s Daughter: The Life and Legacy of Bahiyyih Khanum, the Outstanding Heroine of the Baha’i Faith by Janet Khan

I had ordered a book with the same title—a memoir by the daughter of Elizabeth Clare Prophet—but somehow ended up with a biography of the daughter of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith. But what the heck, I had it and I read it. This is really a book for Baha’is, since it comes from the religion’s U.S. publishing house and is written in a reverential style. I did learn quite a bit, however, about the early days of the religion, its organization, and structure. I wondered if the unspoken subtext was the debate within the group over women’s exclusion from the highest governing body—the Universal House of Justice. I couldn’t tell if the author was using the prophet’s daughter as an example of women’s ability to lead (since Bahiyyih Khanum ran the fledgling religion for her uncle and nephew when they were incapacitated), or if she was supposed to be an example of feminine submission. The book could be used by either side of the debate.

~Rebecca

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