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Peter Smith. The Baha’i Faith: A Short History

The Baha’i Faith: A Short History. By Peter Smith. Oxford: Oneworld, 1999 (1st published under the title A Short History of the Baha’i Faith in 1996). Also available as an ebook.

A, Chapters: 

Pt. I. THE BABI RELIGION, 1844-53.

  1. The Islamic and Iranian background.
  2. The emergence of the Babi movement.
  3. The development of a new religion.
  4. Conflict and collapse, 1848-53. 

Pt. II. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE BAHA’I FAITH.

  1. Baha’u’llah.
  2. The writings and teachings of Baha’u’llah.
  3. ‘Abdu’l-Baha.
  4. Baha’i communities, 1866-1921.

 Pt. III. THE BAHA’I FAITH SINCE 1922.

  1. Shoghi Effendi.
  2. The Universal House of Justice.
  3. Baha’i communities, 1922 to the present.

Conclusion.


 

B. Some Review/essay questions (Conclusion only):

  1. Is it true that the Babi-Baha’i movement has developed from messianic Shi’ism to a world religion? If so, how?
  2. What have been the major geocultural and culural breakthroughs in the expansion of the Babi-Baha’i movements, and why have these breakthroughs been significant?
  3. By what means has the Baha’i movement maintained its unity despite geographical expansion and changes in leadership?
  4. What are the main points of similarity and dissimilarity between the Babi and Baha’i religions?
  5. What were the author’s [1996] predictions for the future development of the Baha’i Faith? Do you agree with them? Discuss.
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