The Bab and the Babi Community of Iran

Pages: 480
Subject: History, Religion: Baha'i
Imprint: Oneworld Academic

The Bab and the Babi Community of Iran

Fereydun Vahman

Two hundred years from the birth of the Bab, this volume offers a unique, wide-ranging exploration of the life and legacy of the Bab, the Babi community of Iran, and the origins of the Baha'i faith
9781786079565 (5 Nov 2020)
RRP £35.00 / US$45.00

The Book

In 1844, Sayyid Ali-Muhammad of Shiraz, Iran - better known as the Bab, an Arabic word meaning door or gate - declared himself a messenger of God, announcing the beginning of a new age. At a time when many in Iran anticipated the return of the messiah of Islam, he amassed thousands of followers, even as he contradicted traditional Shi‘i beliefs by declaring his religion a new revelation, appearing after Islam and other faiths. Regarded as a threat by state and religious authorities, the Babis were subject to intense persecution for the duration of the Bab's short ministry, which ended with his execution on 9 July 1850.

In this volume, leading scholars of Islam, Baha'i studies and Iranian history come together to offer a unique exploration of the life and legacy of the Bab, from his childhood to Baha'u'llah's founding of the Baha'i faith and beyond.

Additional Information

Subject History, Religion: Baha'i
Pages 480
Imprint Oneworld Academic


About the Author

Fereydun Vahman is Professor Emeritus at the University of Copenhagen. Since the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979 he has been a leading voice defending the rights of Baha'is. He is the author of several books in Persian, English and Danish, and is editor of the Religion and Society in Iran series.

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