Edited by Moojan Momen
This collection of scholarly essays is the fifth volume in the
series on the Bábí and Bahá'í religions.
Five scholars address themselves here to aspects of Bahá'í
history and thought that have never before been explored in print.
Included are articles on history, theology, and scriptural analysis.
The book is dedicated to the late Hand of the Cause Hasan M. Balyuzi,
who inspired a generation of Bahá'í scholars to rigorous
and systematic research in Bahá'í Studies. The editor
provides a bio-bibliographic sketch of his impressive career.
The first two essays explore Bábí and Bahá'í
scripture. B. Todd Lawson focuses on the terms dhikr (Remembrance)
and báb (Gate) as they are used by the Báb, in reference
to himself, in his famous Commentary on the Sura of Joseph. Stephen
N. Lambden analyzes the images of Moses's encounter with God on
Mt. Sinai found in both the Bábí and Bahá'í
sacred writings. His essay includes dozens of passages from these
writings newly translated and approved by the Bahá'í
World Center, and available nowhere else. In the third essay, Moojan
Momen discusses the unique Bahá'í perspective that
insists that religious truth is relative, not absolute, and its
The last two essays turn to Bahá'í history. Phillip
R. Smith uncovers the major beliefs and concerns of British Bahá'ís
as found in their published literature between 1900 and 1920. Loni
Bramson-Lerche writes on developments in the Bahá'í
community in the early years of the ministry of Shoghi Effendi,
who became the Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith in 1921.
An indispensable addition to the library of anyone interested in
the scholarly study of Bahá'í history or Bahá'í
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