Shoghi Effendi (1897-1957), the Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith was the eldest grandson of `Abdu’l-Bahá. He was studying in Oxford when `Abdu’l-Bahá passed away in 1921. His grandfather’s will stated that Shoghi Effendi had been appointed as the Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith, a position he held until his passing in 1957.
The Guardian facilitated the emergence of the unique system designed by Bahá'u'lláh for administering the affairs of an increasingly diverse, worldwide Bahá'í community, and prepared the community for the establishment of an international governing body, the Universal House of Justice. See our collection of The Guardian's writings here, or read more about Shoghi Effendi on the official international Baha'i website .