A Concise Encyclopedia of the Baha'i Faith (Concise by Peter Smith

By Peter Smith

This complete and succinct encyclopedia strains the origins and improvement of the BahNB'! religion from nineteenth-century Iran to the fashionable day, masking its crucial figures and significant old occasions.

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Local spiritual assemblies were to be established forthwith wherever there were nine or more adult Bahi'is (aged twenty-one or above). They would be directly elected by the and local adult Bahl'is (ELECTIONS), have authority over all local Bahi'i activities. National spiritual assemblies were to be established in all the larger communities (Britain, 1923; Germany, 1923; India and Burma, 1923; Egypt (with the Sudan), 1924; Turkistan, 1925; and the Caucasus, 1925); and the executive committee of the American Babai Temple Unity transformed into a similar body.

EGBBF; Momen, 'Cyprus exiles', see Boyat on Kirmirni. , 'Great') Title of the Bibi leader Mulli Shaykh 'Ali Turshizi (d. 1852). Formerly a leading Shaykhi cleric, he came to prominence as a Bibi during the period of the Bib's imprisonment in Azerbaijin, acting as his chief agent and leader of the growing number of Bibis in the region. r~was finally made, copies of which he distributed exten'Cyprus exiles'. sively. He also made efforts to present the Bib's claims to government leaders; and in 1849, and again in 1852, was Those BBbis who follow Subh-i-AZAL organizing conspiracies to overthrow and deny Bahi'u'llih's claim to be HE the government.

Little is known about his early whose blood he drank, and from the years. As a child he attended a local grace of which he felt that his breast had Quranic school and received an elemenbeen filled with 'convincing verses and tary education. He also gained the mighty prayers' (MacEoin, 'From commercial training necessary to join Shaykhism' 141). The spirit of God the trading operations run by members having 'permeated and taken possession of his mother's family. In 1835 he began of My soul', 'the mysteries of His to work as a merchant in the port city of Revelation were unfolded before my mission.

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