By Peter Smith
This entire and succinct encyclopedia strains the origins and improvement of the BahNB'! religion from nineteenth-century Iran to the trendy day, protecting its imperative figures and significant old occasions.
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G. Ivanov; Greussing) seeing the Bibis as insurrectionaries, whilst For a review af English-longuoge sources up to 1985 see modern Bahfis emphasize the defensive SBBR 225-38. nature of the struggles. The reality is undoubtedly complex: the predominance of clerics among the ibis at Babi radicalism Tabarsi makes it unlikely that these were In a traditional Islamic society, such as simply 'primitive rebels', albeit that the Babis may well have wished to see the 19th-century Iran, religious dissent was establishment of a Bibi state, and instead readily seen as a threat to social order and could easily assume political dimenpoints to the importance of symbolic acts sions.
These would be elected indirectly by an electoral college of locally elected delegates, and would have authority over national Bahi'i activities, including the local assemblies under their jurisdiction. Both types of assembly would be re-elected annually; have nine members; use the principles of assistants -- and CONSULTATION in their decision making; establish their own FUNDS; and elect their own officers (chairman or president, vice-chairman, secretary, treasurer). With modification of details, this has remained the main element in Bahi'i ADMINISTRATION until the present day.
See Baghdidi, 'brave and vigilant cusalso REVELATION,) todian and bearer of the remains of the Bib' (15) Mirzi Husayn MISHKIN-QALAM,AqC Khan-i-Nirri, M i r z b calligrapher and Bahb'u'llih's com( N a p r u ' l l a h ) (d. 1865) panion-in-exile SHAH'S prime Second of NASIRWD-D~N (16) Mirzi Hasan, AD~B, 'devoted teaministers (1851-8), successor of AM~R cher of the Cause' KAB~R, whose downfall he helped engiQkl~i, (17) Shaykh MUHAMMAD-'AL~ neer. He oversaw the execution of Bibis 'eloquent and learned champion in the aftermath of the attempt on the of the Faith in Russian Turkistin' life of the shah.
A Concise Encyclopedia of the Baha'i Faith (Concise Encyclopedia of World Faiths) by Peter Smith