Useful Websites and Other Resources

To help Wilmette Institute students in their online course work, and in research for personal projects and supplementary materials for Ruhi study circles, we look for useful websites and other resources. Below is a helpful list of six such resources:

1. The Baha’i Reference Library from the Baha’i World Center links to all significant writings of Baha’u’llah, the Bab, ‘Abdu’l-Baha, Shoghi Effendi, the Universal House of Justice, compilations of Baha’i writings, and more. These can be read online or downloaded as Word or PDF documents.

2. The Baha’i Library Online contains much of the same content as the Baha’i Reference Library, as well as articles, study guides, scholarly papers, maps, essays, historical texts, newspaper articles, and more. The Baha’i Library Online is a private, independent, all-volunteer project run by an individual with the assistance of friends who are constantly submitting more materials. Because of this, some materials have to be read with caution.

3. The Journal of Baha’i Studies published by the Association of Baha’i Studies, North America, has many articles from past issues online.

4. The Lights of `Irfan series includes the texts of talks given at the `Irfan Colloquia each year. It is published in a digital edition in both English and Persian.

5. While World Order magazine is no longer being published, articles appearing in it are often scanned with permission and uploaded to Wilmette Institute courses. Back issues of World Order may be purchased from the Baha’i Distribution Service.

6. The Baha’i International Community has a Web page called Baha’i Topics, which includes essays on Baha’i subjects and principles, each with extensive biographical pages.

Many Wilmette Institute courses draw from these six resources, including portions in the assigned readings attached to course units. For example, several Wilmette Institute courses contain a link to an article about Baha’u’llah on the BIC’s Baha’i Topics site; the article includes photographs, a timeline, and maps.

If you find other useful resources on the Web, please let us know at