Adib Masumian researched and wrote the sections for the Timeline on Europe, Egypt, and the Holy Land from December 1912 to December 1913, drawing on the fruits of his research on ʻAbdu’l-Bahá’s time in those places at those times as recorded by His chroniclers, which will soon culminate in another project. He also diligently reviewed and proofread the chronology and painstakingly transliterated all the Persian and Arabic names that appear in it, as well as providing precious editorial suggestions throughout the entire process.
ADIB MASUMIAN’S LINKS
I wish to especially thank Earl Redman, who has been my writing mentor, reviewed nearly every iteration of this chronology, acted as my historical consultant, provided me with references or corrections for dates and events, and generously shared with me excerpts from his books, one unpublished manuscript, and work he is doing on a new and exiting project: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Their Midst, Shoghi Effendi through the Pilgrim’s Eye: Volume 1: Building the Administrative Order, 1922–1952, and The Apostles of Bahá’u’lláh and the Disciples of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (forthcoming). His generosity provided me with a great wealth of precious information (and much-needed joyful encouragement) and I am in his great debt. Earl also helped me sort through the stories from Myron H. Phelps’ “The Master in ‘Akka” which were most historically accurate and directed me to Balyuzi’s references for the journeys from Ṭihrán to Baghdád and from Baghdád to Constantinople.
EARL REDMAN’S LINKS
EARL REDMAN’S BOOKS CITED IN THE CHRONOLOGY
MICHAEL V. DAY
Michael V. Day supplied me with ample additional details on all events relating to the remains of the Báb and the construction of the Shrine from the first book in his exciting trilogy: Journey to a Mountain: The story of the Shrine of the Báb. Vol. I: 1850–1921. Michael also proofread both the chronology and the references.
MICHAEL V. DAY’S LINKS
MICHAEL V. DAY’S BOOKS CITED IN THE CHRONOLOGY
Jan Jasion provided many precious clarifications on dates and details for ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s journeys to France in 1911 from his original research for his book ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in France 1911 & 1913. Jan suggested including the section on the 1905 Commission of Inquiry and provided valuable additional reference material and a correction to the name of the ship that brought ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to Marseilles in 1911: it was the SS L’Orénoque and not the SS Corsica as is often thought.
JAN JASION’S BOOKS CITED IN THE CHRONOLOGY
Necati Alkan thoroughly reviewed all of the sections relating to Bahá’u’lláh’s exile in Constantinople (Istanbul), Adrianople (Edirne), the visit of Midḥat Páshá to Palestine, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s visit to Beirut in 1880 and the Content of the (1901-1908) Panel including the 1905 Commission of Inquiry with details from his original research and published papers and books. It is thanks to Necati’s research that we now know that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá wrote the “I Was a Hidden Treasure” commentary in Adrianople and not in Baghdád as had been believed for decades. Necati also provided help in finding current place names for the map of the journey from Constantinople to Adrianople. The 19th century photographs of Istanbul credited to “Istanbul Üniversitesi, Nadir Eserler Kütüphanesi” were also provided by Necati.
NECATI ALKAN’S LINKS
NECATI’S WORK CITED IN THE CHRONOLOGY
Nabil Khodadad provided references for a number of events in the chronology, and a number of sections were expanded as a result of his generous contributions, most notably the story of the scroll given by the Báb to Bahá’u’lláh, the arrival and the departure of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá from New York on the RMS Cedric. Nabil also suggested expanding the section on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s address at Stanford University, which I did.
Steven Kolins provided constant encouragement and support during the writing of this timeline, he was of great assistance with fact-checking specific details. It was at Steven Kolins’ suggestion that I added the following stories to the timeline: the shepherds in ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s childhood, the pilgrimage of Thomas Breakwell, the transfer of the remains of the Báb, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the grandchildren of Náṣiri’d-Dín Sháh in Switzerland, the axe at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Temple, the indigenous boy watching the train in Canada and seeing ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the story of the only footage remaining of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the marriage of Louis Gregory and Louisa Matthews. He also provided references for the expanded story of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s visit to the Bowery and the verse from Psalms. Last but not least, Steven proofread in extensive details two early version of the chronology and provided extensive, precious corrections. Steven also sent me a wonderful paper by Iraj Poostschi on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in ‘Adasíyyih, which resulted in the two panels on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s agricultural enterprise, which are my personal favorite panels. Steven Kolins also assisted me with research tips, as he is a fountain of knowledge in terms of internet research, having contributed over 40,000 edits to Wikipedia and 47,000 newspaper clippings to newspapers.com.
STEVEN KOLINS’ LINKS
Ismael Velasco greatly contributed to expanding the section on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s childhood by providing not only an outline, but references to the story of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s mission to the General of the Persian Army on behalf of Bahá’u’lláh when the latter was in Karbilá and providing additional clarifications on the first draft of the story. The date for the story is based on Ismael’s historical analysis of several factors and sources.
ISMAEL VELASCO’S LINKS
KAMAL & SUZIE ZEIN
The Extraordinary Life of ‘Abdu’l-bahá simply would not exist without the support and constant encouragement of Suzie and Kamal Zein, my parents.
Kamal Zein took on a role of editor-in-chief and producer, tirelessly helping me craft the storytelling, divide and build the chronology into cohesive sections and parts. He provided a constant big-picture focus to my writing, always keeping me on track with what was coming next in the story.
Kamal Zein also suggested the expansion of the story of the arrival of Munírih Khánum in ‘Akká, the story of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá swimming in the sea, and the many details included in the expanded section of the marriage of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Munírih Khánum in Part II. Kamal also did the research and provided many anecdotes, complete with notes and references for the following stories: The burnt cake and the Story of the Lost Mule in Part I, and the story of the man at the museum in New York in Part IV. There are now too many stories Kamal has added to the chronology for me to thank him individually for. There are simply no words for how much help he has given me and how much he has assisted, encouraged, aided and abetted me.
Nicolas Zein provided precious design and layout feedback, and without him, I could not have completed this interactive chronology. He helped me problem -solve technical issues that I couldn’t figure out and made suggestions too numerous to list that all improved the design and usability of this page. Thank you for regularly calling me to take my niece and two nephews to the beach. I would have stayed at the computer working on the Chronology if you hadn’t.
THE MCLOUGHLIN FAMILY
Kevin McLoughlin provided precious copy-editing and proofreading feedback for each published part. He also tested the website before it was launched, making many navigational and referencing suggestions that made their way into the final version of the interactive chronology.
Corinne Padilla McLoughlin proofread and provided many suggestions to clarify wording and improved the overall work.
Oisín and Nura McLoughlin were excellent “Chronology” testers, testing the system of links I put in place, and reading through the instructions to make sure they were clear and understandable. Oisín also made design suggestions which I implemented.
Merican Melic has been a wonderful help throughout this process. He has reviewed every Part with an editor’s attention to detail and has greatly improved the work. I am very grateful to him for the time and attention he has spent carefully reading each new part of this chronology.
I am unendingly grateful for the time these friends graciously (and generously) spent helping me bring this work to life.
I would also like to thank all the friends below who provided suggestions and corrections to the chronology:
Guita Baghdadi-Hoogenstraaten & Willo Hoogenstraaten
Rahim & Lydia Mazlum
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