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, 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.

Additional Information

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


About the Author

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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