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Illuminating the Beacon: Star of the West FAQ

Star of the West was a Bahá’í periodical published in the United States from 1910 to 1935. It was the first Bahá’í periodical in the West and played a significant role in the early spread of the Bahá’í Faith in the West. The magazine was published monthly and included articles, essays, and translations of Bahá’í scripture. It was also the first place where many of the writings of Bahá'u'lláh and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá were published in English. The magazine was published by the Bahá’í Publishing Society, which was later merged into the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States. The magazine was named after the Star of the West, a term used by Bahá'u'lláh in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas to refer to the United States. The magazine was published in Chicago, Illinois, and later in New York City. The magazine was edited by Laura Clifford Barney, who was a close friend of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and a prominent Bahá’í teacher. The magazine was also published in Persian and Arabic editions. The magazine was discontinued in 1935, and its contents were later published in book form.

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Cover of a 'Star of the West' volume, representing its historical value
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An Introduction to 'Star of the West'

Dr. Duane K. Troxel