A Concise Encyclopedia of the Bahá'í Faith

Oneworld Publications
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This comprehensive and succinct encyclopedia traces the origins and development of the Bahá’í Faith from nineteenth-century Iran to the modern day, covering its central figures and major historical events.
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About the author

Peter Smith is the Social Sciences Co- ordinator at Mahido University International College in Thailand, where he teaches world history, sociology and anthropology. He is the author of several books in the field of Baha'i Studies, including 'The Babi and Bahai'I Religions' ( Cambridge University press) and 'The Baha'I Faith: A Short History ( Oneworld).

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Publisher
Oneworld Publications
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Published on
Oct 1, 2013
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Pages
416
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ISBN
9781780744803
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Baha'i
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Co-published with the Association for Bahá’í Studies

In 1844 a charismatic young Persian merchant from Shiraz, known as the Báb, electrified the Shí‘ih world by claiming to be the return of the Hidden Twelfth Imam of Islamic prophecy. But contrary to traditional expectations of apocalyptic holy war, the Báb maintained that the spiritual path was not one of force and coercion but love and compassion. The movement he founded was the precursor of the Bahá’í Faith, but until now the Báb’s own voluminous writings have been seldom studied and often misunderstood. Gate of the Heart offers the first in-depth introduction to the writings of the Báb.

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the author examines the Báb’s major works in multifaceted context, explaining the unique theological system, mystical world view, and interpretive principles they embody as well as the rhetorical and symbolic uses of language through which the Báb radically transforms traditional concepts. Arguing that the Bábí movement went far beyond an attempt at an Islamic Reformation, the author explores controversial issues and offers conclusions that will compel a re-evaluation of some prevalent assumptions about the Báb’s station, claims, and laws.

Nader Saiedi’s meticulous and insightful analysis identifies the key themes, terms, and concepts that characterize each stage of the Báb’s writings, unlocking the code of the Báb’s mystical lexicon. Gate of the Heart is a subtle and profound textual study and an essential resource for anyone wishing to understand the theological foundations of the Bahá’í religion and the Báb’s significance in religious history.

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