A Lost History of the Baha'i Faith: The Progressive by Shua Ullah Behai, Eric Stetson

By Shua Ullah Behai, Eric Stetson

A historical past of the relatives of Mirza Husayn Ali Baha'u'llah (d. 1892) advised from their very own viewpoint. those are these Baha'i kinfolk of Baha'u'llah whom Abbas Effendi 'Abdu'l-Baha made Covenant Breakers and ostracized from the higher Baha'i sect. This ebook is the 1st of its sort and a major historic rfile.

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15 A province of British India, which was located in the western part of the present-day country of Pakistan. 16This census would have been sometime in the 1940s. The population of Iran has grown dramatically since then, reaching over 75 million. 17 The Shahnameh is the national epic poem of Iran. Including both mythology and history, it tells the story of the Persian empire from the creation of the world to th the Islamic conquest of Persia in the 7 century. 18 Sirdar Ikbal Ali Shah (Editor), The Oriental Caravan (New York: Claude Kendall, 1933), pp.

5 XXXIV A Lost History of the Baha’i Faith contrast, mainstream Baha’is today believe that ‘Abdu’l-Baha and his chosen successor Shoghi Effendi Rabbani—known in Baha’i parlance as the “Master” and the “Guardian” respectively—were infallible and that their teachings can never be changed by future Baha’i leaders. This belief has locked in the mainstream Baha’i community to some interst pretations and policies that are difficult to defend in the 21 century, most notably, the absolute exclusion of women from serving on the highest Baha’i institution, the Universal House of Justice.

They hoped to regain their freedom through that channel and to rebuild their empire. They tried on several occasions to fulfill their desire, especially during the Abbasid caliphate, but at every attempt they failed. th While the Safavid rulers controlled the throne of Iran during the 16 century, realizing their numerous unsuccessful attempts to overcome the Arabian kingdom, they encouraged the mullahs (leaders of theology) to renew the Shi'ite doctrine (which was originated after the reign of Ali, the fourth caliph after Muhammad) against the other Islamic denominations— thus building a strong wall between them, owing that no barrier could be stronger than religious superstition.

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