The youngest of the world religions, the Baha'i faith is also one of the fastest growing, increasing from 200,000 followers worldwide in 1950 to more than five million members today. Founded in 1863, this religion's essential belief centers on the unity of all religions and the abolition of racial, class, and religious prejudices. ""Baha'i Faith, Third Edition"" explores all aspects of the Baha'i faith, from the original teachings of its founder, Baha'u'llah, to the modern-day communities that exist in 236 countries and territories throughout the world. Coverage includes: ""Al-Kitab al-Aqdas"" (""The Most Holy Book of Baha'u'llah""); the roots and spread of the Baha'i faith; beliefs and teachings; worship and rites of passage; and the future of the Baha'i faith.
Paula R. Hartz was a teacher and a textbook editor, and specialized in writing nonfiction and educational materials for elementary and secondary school students. She wrote the latest editions of Daoism, Native American Religions, Shinto, and Zoroastrianism, all from Chelsea House's World Religions series.