The Sources for Early Bābī Doctrine and History: A Survey

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BRILL, 1992 - Religion - 274 pages
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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
n EARLY WORKS
42
LATER WORKS
76
WRITINGS OFTHE BABI HIERARCHY
104
WORKS OF AOTIBABl POLENOC
123
SOURCES FOR BABI HISTORY
129
YE THE TARIKHIJADID AND OTHER BABI SOURCES
153
Manuscripts of the Babs Writings and their Locations
181
Sayyid Husayn Yazdl
204
Contents of INBA 6007C Ziyaratnamas
210
The Sources for the Tankhi Nabll
220
Index of Titles of the Writings of the Bab
238
BIBLIOGRAPHY
251
INDEX
259
Copyright

VIE LATER HISTORIES
172

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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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