In 1844 a charismatic young Persian merchant from Shiraz, known as the Bab, electrified the Shi'ih world by claiming to be the return of the Hidden Twelfth Imam of Islamic prophecy. This book offers an introduction to the writings of the Bab. It examines the Bab's major works in multifaceted context, explaining the theological system.
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Nader Saiedi was born in Tehran, Iran, and received his masters degree in economics from Pahlavi University in Shiraz and his PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin. He is a professor of sociology at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. His most recent book is Logos and Civilization: Spirit, History, and Order in the Writings of Bahaiullah (2000).
Introduction; Part I: The Interpretive Revelation; Part II: The Metaphysics of the Primal Will & Divine Action; Part III: The Primal Point & Progressive Revelation; Index.
Gate of the Heart will doubtless be much appreciated by those seeking an introduction to the life and writings of the Bab, the Sayyid of Shiraz, who gave his life in promoting a new sacred book and a new religious law for the revolutionary transformation of humankind. In this way it is a worthwhile volume that contributes significantly to the neglected field of Babi-Baha'i studies.''--Stephen N. Lambden "Journal of the American Oriental Society, 130.2, 2010 "
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