Place Mohammed Ali, Alexandria, pictured in a postcard from the period that 'Abdu'l-Baha stayed in the Egyptian city. Today the square is known as Midan Tahrir.
The cover of Suheil Bushrui's book, titled "Abbas Effendi", depicting a historic view of Alexandria.
A map of 'Abdu'l-Baha's route taken 100 years ago, from the Holy Land to Egypt.
The admiration felt for 'Abdu'l-Baha by Kahlil Gibran, the author of "The Prophet", is also described in Professor Bushrui's book. Gibran was deeply impressed by 'Abdu'l-Baha and sketched his portrait, pictured, when they met in New York. Professor Bushrui – who is the founder and Director of the University of Maryland's Kahlil Gibran Research and Studies Project - recounts how Gibran told friends that 'Abdu'l-Baha provided the template for his portrayal of Christ in "Jesus, The Son of Man".
The book, "Abbas Effendi", includes an account of 'Abdu'l-Baha's visit in January 1913 to the small, market-town of Woking in the south of England where the first purpose-built mosque in Europe outside of Moorish Spain had been built. 'Abdu'l-Baha addressed a gathering of Egyptian, Turkish, Indian and British friends in the mosque's courtyard. "The religion of God..." He told them, "encourages the people to uphold the principle of peace. The great underlying truth of the religion of God is love..."
Professor Suheil Bushrui, author of "Abbas Effendi", says that researching and writing the book was a profoundly moving and enlightening experience. "I have to say - even for me as a lifelong Baha'i - through the writing of this book I have come to be far more aware of the unique personality of 'Abdu'l-Baha and His immense achievement in promoting cultural and religious dialogue between the worlds of the East and the West," he says.