The Baha'is of Iran: Socio-historical Studies

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Dominic Parviz Brookshaw, Seena Fazel
Psychology Press, 2008 - Literary Collections - 283 pages
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The Baha段 community of Iran is the country痴 largest non-Muslim religious minority. This collection of essays presents a comprehensive study of the social and historical development of the Baha段 community, and its role in shaping modern Iran.

Central to this study is the pioneering character of the Baha段 community in the late 19thand early 20thcentury, with chapters examining the role of women in the Baha段 community; the impact of Baha段-run schools on Iranian society, Baha段 contributions to public health initiatives; and the influence of Baha段 thought and the actions of individual Baha段s on the Constitutional Revolution of 1906-1911.

Conversion to the Baha段 Faith is another important theme, as contributors investigate the phenomenon of large scale conversion to the Baha段 Faith from the Jewish and Zoroastrian communities.

Finally, although persecution of the Baha段s has drawn the attention of the Western media, until now few scholars working in the field of Iranian studies have chosen to write on the history or details of this persecution. Here, five prominent figures in the field redress this balance and look at different aspects of this persecution, including its historical background, the attitude of secular Iranians, persecution before and after the Islamic Revolution of 1979, and human rights perspectives.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of Iranian studies, Middle Eastern studies and comparative religion, and with many chapters authored by leading academics in Iranian studies, The Baha段s of Iran addresses both a gap in academic literature on the Baha段 Faith, and in the study of modern Iran in general.

  

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Contents

Dominic parviz brookshaw and seena b Fazel
1
the conversion of Iranian Jews to the Bahai faith Mehrdad Amanat
6
Fereydun vahman
30
tablets of Bahaullah and AbdulBaha to Bahai women in Iran and India Dominic Parviz Brookshaw
49
Moojan Momen
94
a preliminary survey Seena BFazal and Minou Foadi
122
Kavian Milani
141
Eliz Sanasarian
156
Abbas Amanat
170
reflections on secular antiBahaism in Iran HEChehabi
184
Mohamad TavakoliTarghi
200
Reza Afshari
232
Index
278
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About the author (2008)

Dominic Parviz Brookshaw is Lecturer in Persian Studies and Iranian Literature at the University of Manchester.

Dr Seena B Fazel is Clinical Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Oxford and an honorary Consultant Psychiatrist.

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