The Story of the Shrine of the Báb, Volume II: 1922–1963
by Michael V. Day
'This thrilling saga conveys the drama, excitement and challenges associated with the completion of the Shrine of the Báb.' ~ Dr Janet Khan
Continuing the thrilling story of the Shrine of the Báb, this volume covers the building of the superstructure of the ‘Queen of Carmel’.
A drama opens on Mount Carmel in Haifa in the Holy Land in 1922.
The new head of the Bahá’í Faith, Shoghi Effendi, begins the project to complete the Shrine of the Báb by building a domed superstructure. Aged only 24, he is faced with an almost impossible task. He has nowhere near enough money, no competent assistants, no building experience.
Undaunted by the challenge, Shoghi Effendi toils towards his goal through decades of upheaval and opposition. As time moves on, he gathers support from the growing Bahá’í community worldwide, and particularly from his wife, who becomes his tireless collaborator; an eminent Canadian architect; an Italian nobleman; a selfless donor; a Haifa construction engineer; a can-do American project manager he nicknames ‘Hercules’; and an Arab called ‘The Man with the Golden Touch’.
This is an inspiring, thrilling story that also includes the only woman known to have held the reins of a world religion, a member of European royalty whose pilgrimage is thwarted, and a pioneer female photographer.
In 1953 Shoghi Effendi unveils to the world the golden-domed Shrine of the Báb on Mount Carmel, set amidst gardens of a mystical charm. He names the Shrine ‘Queen of Carmel’.
This true story follows Journey to a Mountain (1850–1921), the pulsating description of the transfer of the sacred remains of the Báb from Persia to the Holy Land, and their interment in the Shrine built by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.
Soon to come is the third volume spanning 1963–2001, the first detailed account of the transformation of Mount Carmel into a breathtaking vision of garden terraces.
About the Author
Michael V. Day is a journalist who was the editor of the Bahá’í World News Service at the Bahá’í World Centre in Haifa, Israel from 2003 to 2006, where he lived and worked within a few hundred metres of the Shrine of the Báb. Born and raised in New Zealand, he was briefly a lawyer before becoming a newspaper reporter, leader writer and editor. He first visited the Shrine of the Báb while on pilgrimage in 1980. After moving to Australia in 1988 with his wife, Chris, and sons Thomas and George, he was a journalist with Murdoch University in Perth before joining the staff of The West Australian newspaper where he was an education and feature writer. He was then appointed the newspaper’s Asia Desk Chief, specializing in covering Indonesia. He is a currently a part-time staff member of the Office of External Affairs of the Australian Bahá’í Community. He is continuing to write on Bahá’í topics, especially aspects of the Faith’s history. Michael and Chris live in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
384 text pages plus 44 pages of illustrations
234 x 156 mm (9.75 x 6.25 ins)