The Babi and Baha'i Religions, 1844-1944
Some Contemporary Western Accounts
This book examines the extensive writings and documents about the history of the Bahá’í Faith by Western authors, not themselves Bahá’ís.
The Bahá’í Faith is a religion which, with its precursor, the Bábí movement, arose in mid-nineteenth-century Iran and has since spread to all parts of the world, with adherents from most races and nations.
This book examines the extensive writings and documents about the history of the Bahá’í Faith by Western authors not themselves Bahá’ís. The first part of the book is a 60-page survey of these Western accounts, in which the editor describes how news of the Bábí and Bahá’í Faiths reached the West, considers the contributions of various scholars and authors, and examines some of the misconceptions that abound in the early reports.
The second part of the book consists of reports, mainly by European diplomatic and consular staff, missionaries, and travellers, concerning episodes in Bábí and Bahá’í history of which the writers were eyewitnesses or had been given firsthand accounts. Their reports shed a fascinating light on these episodes, and have particular relevance to recent and present events affecting the Bahá’í community in Iran.
Author: Dr. Moojan Momen.
Format: Softcover book; 16 x 23 cm; 572 pages.
Publisher: George Ronald Publisher, 1981.
About Moonjan Momen
Moojan Momen was born in Iran but was raised and educated in England, attending the University of Cambridge. He has a special interest in the study of Shi'i Islam and the Bahá'í Faith, both from the viewpoint of their history and their doctrines. In recent years, his interests have extended to the study of the phenomenon of religion.
He has contributed articles to encyclopaedias such as Encyclopaedia Iranica and The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World as well as papers to academic journals such as International Journal of Middle East Studies, Past and Present, Religion, Baha'i Studies Review, and Iranian Studies. He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society.