Recent Publications


The Changing Ethos of Human Rights (2021) 

Hoda Mahmoudi, Alison Brysk, and Kate Seaman

Utilizing the ethos of human rights, this insightful book captures the development of the moral imagination of these rights through history, culture, politics, and society. Moving beyond the focus on legal protections, it draws attention to the foundation and understanding of rights from theoretical, philosophical, political, psychological, and spiritual perspectives.
The book surveys the changing ethos of human rights in the modern world and traces its recent histories and process of change, delineating the ethical, moral, and intellectual shifts in the field. Chapters incorporate and contribute to the debates around the ethics of care, considering some of the more challenging philosophical and practical questions. It highlights how human rights thinkers have sought to translate the ideals that are embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into action and practice.
Interdisciplinary in nature, this book will be critical reading for scholars and students of human rights, international relations, and philosophy. Its focus on potential answers, approaches, and practices to further the cause of human rights will also be useful for activists, NGOs, and policy makers in these fields.

A World Without War (2020)

Hoda Mahmoudi and Janet Khan 

June 2020 marks one hundred years since the two historic Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá were delivered to the Central Organization for a Durable Peace at The Hague. The Tablets, combined with His public talks that were presented during His travels in the West between 1911 and 1913, offer comprehensive insights about Bahá’u’lláh’s panoramic vision for the attainment of universal peace.

In this volume, the historical circumstances that shaped nineteenth-century peace movements and the catastrophic impact of the First World War are examined. During the time these significant events were unfolding, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was actively engaged in promoting a clear understanding of the Bahá’í perspective on peace. Far more than simply focusing His discourse on the means to end wars, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá offered the holistic, all-inclusive vision for global peace—the oneness of humanity—outlined in the writings of Bahá’u’lláh.

This book illustrates ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s engagement with intellectuals and leaders of thought on the subject of the implementation of peace. His example has continuing relevance for the state of the world and the discourse on peace in the twenty-first century.

Mahmoudi and Khan’s A World Without War is a clear and accessible exposition of the Bahá’í concept of peace, helpful to any reader who wishes to advance in understanding of the fundamental purpose and essential character of the Bahá’í Faith, its organizing principles and administrative structures, and their relevance to the future development of new global institutions and relationships of governance. —Tiffani Betts Razavi, DPhil. Oxon, Visiting Research Professor at the University of Maryland and Bahá’í Chair for World Peace

A World Without War is comprehensive and essential reading for greater understanding of the Bahá’í Faith and its founder / leaders. —Professor Wilma King, Arvarh E. Strickland Professor Emerita at the University of Missouri-Columbia and author of Stolen Childhood: Slave Youth in Nineteenth-Century America

Through their reflections on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s lifelong engagement in public discussion, the authors reveal how the Bahá’í approach to peace is best understood not as one political cause among others, but as a first-order concern of moral beings collectively building an interdependent civilization. —Vafa Ghazavi, Lecturer in Politics at Pembroke College, University of Oxford

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Dignity and Human Rights (2019)

Hoda Mahmoudi and Michael Penn (Eds) 

The concept of human dignity is essential to discourses of human rights, and to understand what it means in a rapidly changing twenty-first century world, we must answer a number of difficult questions that require input from a wide range of disciplines. How is the concept of human dignity protected, maintained, or ensured? What are the rights and responsibilities that go hand in hand with the concept of human dignity? Which beliefs, discourses, individuals, and institutions threaten its global application or block its reach across all categories of difference? How is the consciousness of human dignity developing and evolving across the globe? 

This timely collection gives urgent and sustained attention to such questions. It brings together a diverse array of field-leading contributors in order to offer an interdisciplinary investigation into this most fundamental of concepts. Weaving together reinforcing patterns, this book offers insights, questions, and recommendations that outline a discourse, research, and action agenda in pursuit of the universal application of human dignity. Contributors identify the challenges and opportunities in the realms of research, policy, education, religion, international law, social discourse, and media to define, broaden, and protect human dignity within both public and private spheres. They also address the need for reconstituting the current discourses on dignity to align them more effectively with the intellectual, moral, emotional, and spiritual nature of human beings, ultimately gesturing towards a framework for ensuring that each member of the human race will be able to realize their full human potential. 
For its rigorous interdisciplinary inquiry into this deceptively simple concept, and for its practical questions and effective solutions, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Dignity and Human Rights is essential reading for researchers and students working within international relations, global studies, philosophy, peace and conflict studies, and legal studies focusing on human rights and humanitarian law.

Hoda Mahmoudi and Steven Mintz (Eds) 

Globalization has carried vast consequences for the lives of children. It has spurred unprecedented waves of immigration, contributed to far-reaching transformations in the organization, structure, and dynamics of family life, and profoundly altered trajectories of growing up. Equally important, globalization has contributed to the world-wide dissemination of a set of international norms about children’s welfare and heightened public awareness of disparities in the lives of children around the world. This book's contributors – leading historians, literary scholars, psychologists, social geographers, and others – provide fresh perspectives on the transformations that globalization has produced in children's lives.

Vision and Prospects for World Peace (2013)

Hoda Mahmoudi

In this study, Hoda Mahmoudi addresses themes central to building a more peaceful world, including human nature and its capacity to mobilize for good and ill, the pace and scope of changes shaping global conditions, and the role of education in transforming not only individuals but also societies at large. First presented in November 2012 as the Inaugural Lecture of the Bahá’í Chair for World Peace, Vision and Prospects for World Peace shares a concept of peace-building called a “worldview approach.” “This approach,” writes Professor Mahmoudi, “moves beyond nationalism and particularism and instead embraces a global, or ‘globalizing,’ view of peace that significantly expands and enriches the prevailing, Western-oriented model of peace education.” Also included are introductory remarks by John Townshend, Kenneth Bowers, Dorothy Nelson, and Suheil Bushrui.


Book Chapters 

The World of the Bahá'í Faith (2021) 

Chapter 32: Peace 

Hoda Mahmoudi 

Abraham and the Secular

Chapter 5: The Bahá'í Faith: Interface Between the Secular and Religious 

Hoda Mahmoudi 

Voices from Religions on Sustainable Development (2016)

Chapter 12: The Bahá'í Faith

Bani Dugal, Hoda Mahmoudi, Ulrich Gollmer 

In this chapter the co-authors examine how the Bahá'í Faith understands sustainable development and contributes to it. 


Journal Articles

The Split That Isn't 

Hoda Mahmoudi

International Journal for the Historiography of Education Volume 10: Issue 2, October 2021 

Peace is Everything: An Examination of the Bahá’í Faith’s Concept of Peace (2020)

Hoda Mahmoudi 

Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte (Journal of Religious and Cultural Studies) Volume 72 : Issue 3, June 2020

Freedom and the Iranian Women's Movement (2019) 

Hoda Mahmoudi

Contexts, 18(3), 14–19. 

Networking Responsibility: Regional Agents and Changing International Norms (2019) 

Kate Seaman

Global Governance. 2019. 25(1), 47-76.

Regional Organizations and Responsibility to Protect: Normative Reframing or Normative Change? (2016)

Carla Barqueiro, Kate Seaman, and Katherine Teresa Towey

Politics and Governance. 2016. 4(3).

Human Knowledge and the Advancement of Society (2012)

Hoda Mahmoudi

The Journal of Baha’i Studies V. 22, no.1/4, March-December, 2012.


Other Publications 

Advancing an Integrative Approach to World Peace (2016)


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