Abdu’l-Baha and Ottoman Reformers

Baha’u’llah, and His Son and Successor ‘Abdu’l-Baha were in contact with Ottoman statesmen and reformers from the 1860s onwards. With a claim to a new religious dispensation, Baha’u’llah, calling Himself a “World Reformer,” composed many Writings stressing not only the spiritual regeneration and advancement of humanity but also material progress. Based on these Writings, ‘Abdu’l-Baha further elaborated His Father’s ideas and promoted these among reform-minded Ottoman statesmen. A special attention in this talk are His unpublished Turkish Writings.