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Bahá’ís, Muslims, Jews and the British state, 1900–20

With the outbreak of the First World War and British expansion into the Middle East, certain Bahá’í, Muslim and Jewish leaders found it necessary to form new relationships with the British government and its representatives, relationships which would prove to be of pivotal importance for each and have a lasting impact on future generations. This book, based upon extensive archival research, explores how Bahá’ís in England and Palestine, Muslim missionaries from India based in Woking and Jews in England on both sides of the Zionist debate understood interactions with the British state and larger imperial culture prior to and during the war. One of the most significant findings of this study is that while an appreciation of diversity tends to be regarded as a modern, postcolonial phenomenon, a way to remedy the unjust remnants of an imperial past, the men and women of the early twentieth century whose words and actions come to life of the pages of this book understood diversity as a defining characteristic of the empire itself. They found real meaning and value in the variety of religions, races, languages, nations, cultures and ethnicities that comprised that vast, global entity. This recognition of its diversity, along with certain British liberal ideals, allowed extraordinary individuals to find common ground between that state and their own beliefs, goals and aspirations, thus helping to lay the foundation for the eventual development of the Bahá’í Faith as a world religion, a new era of Muslim missionary activity in the West and a Jewish state in Palestine.

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Valuing diversity in an empire of many cultures
Diane Robinson-Dunn

systems. The term “intersection” is especially useful in that it conveys both the temporary or situational as well as the partial nature of the ideologies in question. 13 For the historical actors involved in these two movements understood themselves as working on behalf of a cause of global significance for future generations, which could be reconciled with aspects of the current British imperial culture but not defined by or contained within it. 14 While the creation of ideologies of imperial intersection may sound

in An empire of many cultures
Diane Robinson-Dunn

to give birth and raise future generations. Leaders in both organizations discussed the need to establish maternity and infant welfare centres in order to reduce infant mortality among settlers. One already-existing institution in Nevé Zedek, a Jewish suburb of Jaffa, served as a successful model for offering pre- and post-natal care. 275 As practical as FWZ/WIZO projects were, they tended to be conceptualized in lofty, abstract, even spiritual terms and with the understanding of the maternal, the feminine, the

in An empire of many cultures
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Nostalgia, memory and the empire of things
Antoinette Burton

imperial memory, and in the end, like many memsahibs before 1947, they remain guarantors of empire’s reproduction for future generations. And yet, if Flora and Eden are intended as evidence of the liberalism of empire, they succeed in revealing the limitations of political critique in the heroic mode, even and especially when women get to be the heroes. 37 For to imagine that Eden wished the end of

in British culture and the end of empire
Defending Cold War Canada
Katie Pickles

its institutions. For all that postwar Canadian conservatism more generally was descended from such politics, it was nevertheless pragmatic and quick in down-playing the British connection. On the contrary, the IODE consistently expressed clear organic sentiments, emphasizing the importance of training future generations in its construction of Canadian identity. In the Cold War it was against the

in Female imperialism and national identity
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The false promise of autonomy
Harrison Akins

, Patel felt, were ‘comparatively an insignificant price to pay for the consolidation and unity of India which we have achieved.’ 30 The government also provided allowances to other members of the princely families, which varied in size based upon the average expenditures of the states, the duties of the family members prior to accession and the size of the families. These allowances, however, were only intended to be paid during the lifetime of the existing members of the princely families and were nontransferable to future

in Conquering the maharajas
The 1921 Hajj of Muhammadu Dikko, Emir of Katsina
Matthew M. Heaton

Emir’s behalf would have a good political impact in northern Nigeria, Governor Clifford suggested that ‘the Emir should cause a full record of his journey to be compiled not merely for his own use but also for the benefit of future generations.’ In keeping with the notion that the voyage was about a glorious, prestigious collaboration between the British Empire and a powerful

in Decolonising the Hajj
The Select Committee on Aborigines (British Settlements)
Felicity Jensz

Tschatshu, like many other African boys from elite families, attended Zonnebloem College boarding school in Cape Town, and then continued his education at a boarding school in England in the 1860s. 180 Some of these boys would return as ordained ministers, becoming African leaders and cultural intermediaries, just as a future generation of Xhosa, epitomised by Nelson Mandela, would attend missionary schooling in their

in Missionaries and modernity
Wm. Matthew Kennedy

peers and their future generation, behaving ‘coolly and pluckily’ under fire. 59 India's Viceroy Lord Dufferin noted this as well: ‘it is a very pleasing feature of our present day campaigns that officers of the colonial forces should be found willing to join us in our field operations’. 60 No doubt this was also due to the still impending war with Russia that threatened to roll back the Raj's frontiers in India and the horrible toll that the Burma campaign took on the

in The imperial Commonwealth
Wm. Matthew Kennedy

her whole ‘good old British nation-family’. 155 In Australia, the rhetorical focus of Jubilee was ever more on the future generations, for either their passive edification or their active participation. Various suggestions as to how to more closely involve children in Jubilee affairs were published in newspapers. Some suggested that teachers award commemorative medals for the best students in a school, as they emulated most closely the example of Victoria

in The imperial Commonwealth