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The Bahá’í Faith is the youngest of the world’s independent religions, and its teachings address, among other things, the contemporary causes and effects of war, as well as the means of achieving peace. The founder of the Bahá’í Faith, Bahá’u’lláh (1817–1892), addressed major heads of state in the latter half of the 19th century, exhorting them to relieve their populations of the suffering of war, along with the oppressive burden of military expenditures, by embracing the cause of peace and instituting a universal framework for collective security. Though his exhortations were ignored by heads of state, the Bahá’í community has since emerged as one of the most rapidly expanding, diverse, geographically distributed religious communities on the planet. As such, it represents a growing microcosm of ...

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