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Jack McLean - Baha'i Scholar, Creative Writer and Columnist

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Jack McLean is a long-time Baha'i scholar, poet, creative writer and columnist in Ottawa, Canada.

John Allan/Jack McLean was born in Toronto, Canada on June 7, 1945. He became a Bahá'í in 1962 when he was 16 years old. He holds undergraduate degrees in French literature from the Sorbonne (1968) and French and Religious Studies from Trinity College, the University of Toronto (1970). 

He graduated with distinction with an M.A. in the History of Religions from the University of Ottawa (1972) studying under Samaritan religion scholar, professor emeritus Reinhard Pummer (Ph.D Theology, Vienna). 

Jack also studied Introductory Persian at the Institute of Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto.

Among Jack's teachers were the well-known Islamic scholar, Aziz Ahmad (Islamic History) and the famous literary critic Northrop Frye (Biblical Symbolism).

A list of Jack McLean's works are posted at  https://sites.google.com/site/mcleantitles/