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The Báb

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...Show More

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.

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About Hasan Balyuzi

Hasan Balyuzi, loved and honoured throughout the Bahá'í world for his invaluable books on the three Central Figures of the Bahá'í Faith, as well as for other important works, 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, and a member of a family distinguished in Iran, 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.

Titles by Hasan Balyuzi

The Báb

Bahá’í History: Overviews

1844-1853: Ministry of The Báb

1853-1892: Ministry of Bahá’u’lláh

1892-1921: Ministry of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

1921-1957: Ministry of the Guardian

1957 onwards