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A comprehensive biography of the Forerunner of the Bahá'í Faith by one of its foremost scholars.

In the middle of the nineteenth century, Iran was convulsed by the appearance of the Báb, whose brief ministry of six years (1844-50) ended in His own martyrdom and the martyrdom of many thousands of His followers.

The Báb was a young merchant who announced that ‘He Whom God shall make manifest’ would soon arise to guide humanity into a new epoch of civilisation. The Báb and His religion were observed firsthand by Western diplomats whose official reports and other accounts provide unparalleled data for the study of the rise of a Faith which, in the words of Edward Granville Browne, ‘may not impossibly win a place amidst the great religions of the world’.

Wide use has been made of many official documents and material gathered from family archives, accessible to the author as a relative of the Báb.



Author: Hasan Balyuzi.

Format: Softcover book, 202 page,s 13 x 20 cm.

Publisher: George Ronald Publisher, 1975.

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.


Works by Hasan Balyuzi