Recent Publications


Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Dignity and Human Rights

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.

Children and Globalization: Multidisciplinary Perspectives 

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.

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. 

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. 


Journal Articles

Freedom and the Iranian Women's Movement 

Hoda Mahmoudi

Contexts, 18(3), 14–19. 

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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