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February 21, 2019 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Faculty/Administration #2339 | Map
656 W. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty

The Humanities Center is proud to present as a part of its Brown Bag Series, a talk by John Gruda, Independent Scholar.


Edward Granville Browne is widely regarded as the greatest European scholar in the field of modern Iranian studies. His extraordinary sympathy in describing Iranian culture ensures that his books are still read more than a century later. His research into the Babi and Baha’i  Faiths, while not free from errors of fact and judgment, remains to this day one of the most important contributions in the field.

Edward Grandville Browne was the only Western scholar to meet Baha’u’llah, Founder of the Baha’i Faith. His pen portrait of Baha’u’llah during a seminal interview with him gives one the sense of actually being in his presence and what many people experienced in their encounter with him.

My talk will center on his encounter with various events in 19th Century Iranian history, Browne’s translations of various pieces of Baha’i Scripture into English, and some of Browne’s academic work. Edward Granville Browne’s legacy into both 19th Century Iranian history and Baha’i Studies remains a unique contribution to our study of both. This talk with an introduction to both areas and give some ideas of this unique individual and his life.

These talks are free and open to the public! We also provide free coffee, tea, and cake!

For more information about this event, please contact Humanities Center at 3135775471 or