Read: Materials for the Study of the Babi Religion


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COMPILED BY

EDWARD G. BROWNE

M.A., M.B., F.B.A., F.R.C.P.

Sir Thomas Adams' Professor of Arabic
and Fellow of Pembroke College in the University of Cambridge

Cambridge:

at the University Press
1918


CONTENTS

                                                            PAGE
INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   vii
I.    An epitome of Bábí and Bahá'í history to A.D. 1898,
          translated from the original Arabic of Mírzá
          Muhammad Jawád of Qazvín . . . . . . . . . . . .     1
II.   Ibráhím George Khayru'llah and the Bahá'í Propa-
          ganda in America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   113
III.  Further Notes on the Bábí, Azali and Bahá'í Litera-
          ture, Oriental and Occidental, printed, litho-
          graphed and manuscript . . . . . . . . . . . . .   173
IV.   Five unpublished contemporary documents, Per-
          sian and English, relating to the Báb's exami-
          nation at Tabríz in 1848 . . . . . . . . . . . .   245
V.    An Austrian Officer's account of the cruelties
          practized on the Bábís who suffered in the
          great Persecution of 1852. . . . . . . . . . . .   265
VI.   Two unpublished contemporary State Papers
          bearing on the removal of the Bábís from
          Baghdád to Turkey in Europe, dated May 10,
          1862 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   273
VII.  Persecutions of Bábís in 1888-1891 at Isfahán
          and Yazd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   289
VIII. Account of the Death and Burial of Mírzá Yahyá
          Subh-i-Azal on April 29,1912 . . . . . . . . . .   309
IX.   List of the Descendants of Mírzá Buzurg of Nur,
          and Father both of Bahá'u'lláh and of Subh-i-
          Azal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   317
X.    Thirty heretical doctrines ascribed to the Bábís
          in the Ihqaqu'l-Haqq of Áqá Muhammad Taqí
          of Hamadán . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   323
XI.   Selected poems by Qurratu'l-'Ayn and Nabíl

INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . .   359

LIST OF OTHER WORKS BY THE AUTHOR OF THIS BOOK . . . . . .   381


LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS


'Abbás Efendi 'Abdu'l-Bahá . . . . . . . . . . . .  Frontispiece
                                                       To face p.
Invitation to centenary of Bahá'u'lláh's birth to be cele-  xxiv
    brated at Chicago on November 10--12, 1917 . . . . . .
Mushkín Qalam the Bábí calligraphist . . . . . . . . . . .    44
Portraits of ten notable Bábís . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    56
The North American of Feb. 16, 1902. . . . . . . . . . . .   151
The New York Times of Dec. 18, 1904. . . . . . . . . . . .   152
The Bahá'í News of Aug. 1, 1910. . . . . . . . . . . . . .   177
Fac-simile of document A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   249
       "       "       B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   256
       "       "       B1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   259
       "       "       A.6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   277
       "       "       A.7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   279
Funeral of Mírzá Yahyá Subh-i-Azal . . . . . . . . . . . .   312
Subh-i-Azal and three of his sons. . . . . . . . . . . . .   322
Fac-simile of alleged autograph poem by Qurratu'l-'Ayn . .   344


                                 ERRATA

      The descriptions of Sections VIII and XI should stand as
   given in the Table of Contes on the preceding page, and not
   as in their respective titles on pp. 309 and 341.

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