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The Life of the Báb

If you desire to be one of those Bahá'ís who can tell the stories of the Central Figures, here is a clear, and easily readable account of the life of the Báb.

This story begins with the Báb’s childhood in Shíráz, His youth and marriage, and His Declaration on that fateful night to Mullá Husayn, the first to believe in Him. ‘This night,’ said the Báb, ‘this very hour will, in the days to come, be celebrated as one of the greatest and most significant of all festivals.’

Once the Báb’s disciples set out to spread the news, many people in high places in Persia, and particularly the mullás, arose in opposition to Him. The Báb was banished from Shíráz. The Grand Vizier, jealous of the Báb’s spiritual powers, imprisoned Him in a castle to the far north. But he was unable to stop the people flocking to Him.

Here are the stories of the Letters of the Living; the Conference of Badasht; the siege of Shaykh Tabarsí, Nayríz and Zanján; the trial of the Báb; and finally that day in Tabríz when the sun was blotted out by the dust as 750 rifles fired their volleys.

A companion to Day of Glory, about the life of Bahá’u’lláh, and Servant of the Glory, about the life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.



Author: Mary Perkins.

Format: Softcover book, 212 pages, 13 x 20 cm.

Publisher: George Ronald Publisher, 1987; reprint 2001.

About Mary Perkins

Mary Perkins Gray is an author, poet and storyteller. She has focused on books, in simple English, on the history and teachings of the Bahá'í Faith.

Her first title, The Bahá'í Faith, an introudction, was co-authored with Philip Hainsworth, published by Ward Lock Educational in their series on Living Religions in 1980, and subsequently translated into Danish, German, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Russian and Braille.

Other titles include a trilogy on the lives of the central figures of the Faith, Hour of the Dawn, Day of Glory, and Servant of the Glory, tell the stories of the history of the central figures in easy to read English. This trilogy has been translated into both Chinese and Swahili; a picture book for children titled Percival the Piano, a Story for Naw Ruz, illustrated by Wendy Thomas, also available in Spanish; and a book on peace-building titled Growing Into Peace, a manual for peace-builders in the 1990s and beyond.

Mary was born and raised in the west of Wales and holds a degree in history from the University of Wales, Swansea. She has worked for eight years in Africa - in Lesotho, in Uganda where she became a Bahá'í, and in Cameroon where she met and married Richard Gray, an American astronomer. The Grays have now live in the mountains of North Carolina where Richard has taught astronomy for over thirty years. Mary is currently working on a second picture book and a book on storytelling. Mary is a licensed Brain Gym® facilitator and a passionate backyard gardener. In 2016 a volume of her poetry, titled Turning Toward Home was published by Bibliofiles.

Works by Mary Perkins

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  Bahá'í Faith

  Growing into Peace

  Percival the Piano

  Central Figures of the Baha'i Faith series

    Hour of the Dawn

    Day of Glory

    Servant of the Glory