The Sources for Early Bābī Doctrine and History: A Survey

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BRILL, 1992 - Religion - 274 pages
The religious movement known as B?bism profoundly affected Iranian society during the 1840s. After a lengthy hiatus, academic study of the sect has entered a new phase with the appearance of several important books, articles, and theses. The present work surveys Persian and Arabic manuscripts relating to the history and doctrines of the sect. Part one examines the writings of the B?b and his followers. Part two analyses primary and secondary sources for B?b? history, with a discussion of the controversial "Kit?b-i Nuq?at al-k?f," Discussion of each title is followed by a comprehensive listing of known MS copies. An appendix contains an index of first lines and titles for works of the B?b. This is the first study to examine the large corpus of B?b? writing and will help scholars identify texts and find manuscripts in Europe and the Middle East.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
INTRODUCTION
9
EARLYWORKS
42
LATERWORKS
76
WRITINGS OF THE BABI HIERARCHY
104
wORKS OF ANTIBABIPOLEMIC
123
INTRODUCTION
129
THETARIKHIIADID AND OTHER BABISOURCES
153
LATER HISTORIES
172
Manuscripts of the Bbs Writings and their Locations
181
Mirzā Abd alKarim Qazvini
205
The Sources for the Tārīkhi Nabil
220
Index of Titles of the Writings of the Bb
238
BIBLIOGRAPHY
251
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About the author (1992)

Denis MacEoin (Ph.D. Cambridge 1979) taught Arabic and Islamic studies at Newcastle University, 1981-86. Currently he is Honorary Fellow, Durham University. Recent publications: "A People Apart: the Baha'i Community of Iran in the Twentieth Century" (1989).

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