Gillbanks, Shahla, Footprints in the Sands of Time


Author: Shahla Gillbanks

Title: Footprints in the Sands of Time

Copyright: © Shahla Gillbanks 2019

Publication: Sandy, UK: Afnan Library, 2019

Notes: The first part describes the author’s family history, starting  in the 1880s when her grandfather left Ishqabad for Hamadan in Iran. Then his family life in Tehran and his involvement in the Persian Constitutional Revolution. It continues with the story of the author’s parents who lived as Bahá’ís  in the 20th Century of Iran, the social and political changes of Iran and its impact on the life of the Bahá’í community.

The second part is a memoir of the author’s life in Iran (1945-1968, 1973-74, 1978-79). Her move to assist the Bahá’í communities in the Philippines (1968-71), New Zealand (1971-73, 2001-2004), Kenya (1974-1978), and the Caribbean (1979-1983). It continues with the author’s involvement with the Bahá’í community in the United States (California 1982-1992, 1993-2001, and Florida 2005-2018), and in Czechoslovakia 1992. It includes a recollection of special events of the author’s  life, as she experienced them; the memories of the Bahá’í personalities that she met and their influence on her.


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