The Babi And Baha'i Religions
From Messianic Shí'ism to a World Religion
by Peter Smith
The rise of the Bahá'í Faith considering sociological factors and historical concerns.
* The first overall study of the rise of the Bahá'í Faith to consider sociological factors and themes, as well as more traditional historical concerns. The result is a refreshingly new approach providing many new insights.
* A highly readable book, invigorating and not loaded down with academic jargon.
* The Bahá'í will find it stimulating and encouraging, with its prospect of where the Bahá'í Faith is going to. It is also an ideal introduction to the Faith for the serious general reader, for students in Islamic studies and comparative religion, and for historians and sociologists of religion.
The rise and development of the Bahá'í Faith from the messianic Bábí movement in nineteenth-century Iran to become an independent religion established in many countries and commanding the devotion of people from many different cultures provides a vivid example of religious change in the modern world. The process is more fully documented than is the case in any other religion and Peter Smith is able to trace in detail the emergence of the major beliefs and values in their social and historical contexts.
Beginning with the process set in motion by the Bábí movement in the heart of Shí'í Islam, the book examines the origin of the Bahá'í Faith and its dominant religious concerns in Qajar Iran, its initial establishment and subsequent growth in the United States, the development of its administration and its present global expansion. A conclusion outlines future prospects.
Note: Please do not confuse this book with one of a similar name, The Bábí and Bahá'í Religions: 1844-1944 by Moojan Momen. When ordering please specify either Bábí-Bahá'í/Smith or Bábí-Bahá'í/Momen.
Soft Cover ISBN: 978-0-85398-755-X
Hard Cover ISBN: 978-0-85398-128-9
£9.95 / $18.95
226 pages, illustrations, maps
21 x 13.8 cm (8.25 x 5.5 in)