The Bab and the Babi Community of Iran

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 5, 2020 - Religion - 448 pages
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In 1844, a young merchant from Shiraz called Sayyid ‘Ali-Muhammad declared himself the ‘gate’ (the Bab) to the Truth and, shortly afterwards, the initiator of a new prophetic cycle. His messianic call attracted a significant following across Iran and Iraq.

Regarded as a threat by state and religious authorities, the Babis were subject to intense persecution and the Bab himself was executed in 1850.

In this volume, leading scholars of Islam, Baha’i studies and Iranian history come together to examine the life and legacy of the Bab, from his childhood to the founding of the Baha’i faith and beyond. Among other subjects, they cover the Bab’s writings, his Qur’an commentaries, the societal conditions that underlay the Babi upheavals, the works of Babi martyr Tahirih Qurratu’l-‘Ayn, and Orientalist Edward Granville Browne’s encounters with Babi and Baha’i texts.
 

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Contents

Biographies
The Bab Discontinues his Formal Education and Begins his Mercantile Work
The Babs Journey to the Sacred Shrine Cities of ʻIraq
Mulla ʻAli Bastami
The Babs Return from Pilgrimage and the Events of Shiraz
The Trial of Tabriz
The Return to Chihriq Prison
Bibliography
Bibliography
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THE BABI STATE CONFLICTS OF 184850
The Objectives of the Babis at Shaykh Tabarsi
May 1849May 1850
An Analysis of the Objectives of Vahid and the Babis in Nayriz
An Analysis of the Objectives of Hujjat and the Zanjani Babis

THE RECONSTRUCTION OF RELIGION AND SOCIETY
MERCHANTS ARTISANS AND OTHERS
The Babi Artisans
An Assessment
LITERARY TRAJECTORIES
The Shahada Testimony of Faith and its Alphabetical Mysteries
Personal Letters Scriptural Tablets Lawh pl Alwah
Tafsir Sūrat alHamd Praise or alFatiha The Opening Q
THE QURʼÁN COMMENTARY OF THE BÁB
Bibliography
SOME OBSERVATIONS ABOUT
The Later Development of the Babi Movement
Some General Observations on Bahaullahs Sacred
Conclusion
NOTES ON TWO SALIENT THEMES
BABIBAHAI BOOKS AND BELIEVERS IN E G BROWNES A YEAR AMONGST
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Fereydun Vahman is Professor Emeritus at Copenhagen University and former Iranian Studies Fellow at Yale University. He has taught and researched old Iranian religions and languages for more than forty years, and has published many books, in several languages, including 175 Years of Persecution: A History of the Babis & Baha’is of Iran, which is also published by Oneworld. He is the editor of the Religion and Society in Iran series, and co-founder and President of the Danish-Iranian Society.

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