Association for Bahá’í Studies Conference

‘Adasiyyah: a study in agriculture and rural development

'Abdu'l-Bahá established a village as an agricultural and environmental center. Although His activities relate to scrubland at the beginning of the 20th Century in what is now Jordan, the techniques that he employed are relevant to the 21st century. Contemporary discourse about farming and rural communities reflects on the corporatization of agricultural processes during the last 50 years—from family farms to the supermarkets of urban neighborhoods. Movements to counteract the corporatization of agriculture, from field-to-fork, are discussing regenerative agriculture, agro-forestry, organic production, and the practice of large-scale animal production. Many of these issues were considered in ‘Adasiyyah.