The BAHá'í Administrative Order

Authored by: Todd Smith

The World of the Bahá'í Faith

Print publication date:  December  2021
Online publication date:  December  2021

Print ISBN: 9781138367722
eBook ISBN: 9780429027772
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Fundamental to the growth, development, and unity of the Bahá’í Faith is its Administrative Order. This chapter begins with an overview of the Administrative Order followed by an outline of the various institutions of which it is comprised and some of their duties. It then considers the nature of the relationships between these institutions, the individual, and the community, and the approach to power and authority that distinguishes Bahá’í administration from other forms of governance. The chapter concludes with a discussion of some of the essential features of institutional functioning that make this approach to power and authority possible. These features include a unique electoral process, consultation as a mode of decision-making, the emphasis the institutions place on collaboration, and the disposition and qualities of those elected and appointed.

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