Eminent Baha'is in the Time of Baha'u'llah
The story of Bahá'u'lláh's followers in Iran
The final work of the distinguished historian and Hand of the Cause Hasan Balyuzi.
This volume describes the effect of Bahá'u'lláh's Revelation upon eighteen of the most noted disciples in Iran. They arose from varied backgrounds to reach heights of distinction and self-sacrifice. 'Nothing daunted them,' the author writes, 'no blow ever swerved them from their straight path . . . Serving the Faith of Bahá'u'lláh was the only goal they knew.'
These are the stories of apostles, martyrs, poets, and noblemen. Among their number are Samandar, both successful merchant and dedicated disciple; Na'im, a poet of the first rank; the grandson of a Shah of Iran; 'the gourmet who was a saint'; the renowned Mírzá Haydar-'Alí; and the extraordinary story of the secret allegiance to Bahá'u'lláh of the leading Shí'í clergyman of his day.
Of particular interest and value are the hundred photographs, the majority of which are eminent Bahá'ís and leading Iranian figures of the time.
The book concludes with several chapters about the homeland of Bahá'u'lláh, His ancestors, and certain remarkable prophecies of His coming.
Mr Balyuzi had intended to add further chapters to this volume, but he did not live to complete them. The unfinished sections have been filled out by Dr Moojan Momen, his trusted research assistant.
Author: Hasan Balyuzi.
Format: Hardcover book, 400 pages including 100 illustrations and maps, 16 x 23 cm.
Publisher: George Ronald Publisher, 1985.
About Hasan Balyuzi
H. M. Balyuzi graduated from the American University of Beirut and later took his M.Sc. (Econ.) at London. At the outbreak of war in 1939, he joined the Persian service of the BBC. For many years hw was the chairman of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the British Isles, and was appointed a Hand of the Cause in 1957. Mr Balyuzi passed away in London in 1980.
Balyuzi, loved and honoured throughout the Bahá'í world for his invaluable books on the three Central Figures of the Bahá'í Faith, was mourned on his passing by the Universal House of Justice as one of 'the most powerful defenders, most resourceful historians' of the Faith. He was related to the Báb, but his belief was of conviction and not inheritance. It was his meeting at the age of seventeen with the Guardian, Shoghi Effendi, that stirred him to accept nearly five decades of unceasing labour in administrative, teaching and scholarly fields for the advancement of the Cause. In 1957 he was elevated to the rank of Hand of the Cause of God. The last fifteen years his life were wholly devoted to the writing of the eight books by which he will always be remembered.