The Bahaa (TM)i community of Iran is the countrya (TM)s largest non-Muslim religious minority. This collection of essays presents a comprehensive study of the social and historical development of the Bahaa (TM)i community, and its role in shaping modern Iran.
Central to this study is the pioneering character of the Bahaa (TM)i community in the late 19th and early 20th century, with chapters examining the role of women in the Bahaa (TM)i community; the impact of Bahaa (TM)i-run schools on Iranian society, Bahaa (TM)i contributions to public health initiatives; and the influence of Bahaa (TM)i thought and the actions of individual Bahaa (TM)is on the Constitutional Revolution of 1906-1911.
Conversion to the Bahaa (TM)i Faith is another important theme, as contributors investigate the phenomenon of large scale conversion to the Bahaa (TM)i Faith from the Jewish and Zoroastrian communities.
Finally, although persecution of the Bahaa (TM)is has drawn the attention of the Western media, until now few scholars working in the field of Iranian studies have chosen to write on the history or details of this persecution. Here, five prominent figures in the field redress this balance and look at different aspects of this persecution, including its historical background, the attitude of secular Iranians, persecution before and after the Islamic Revolution of 1979, and human rights perspectives.
This book will be of interest to students and scholars of Iranian studies, Middle Eastern studies and comparative religion, and with many chapters authored by leading academics in Iranian studies, The Bahaa (TM)is of Iran addresses both a gap in academic literature on the Bahaa (TM)i Faith, and in the study of modern Iran in general.
"This is a very impressive volume. The articles tie in well together and often address similar themes within their broader categories." - Sholeh Quinn, Iranian Studies 42.5 (December 2009), 798-800 "The articles in this volume serve the twofold purpose of providing new insights into the history of the Iranian Baha'i community and of discussing the role of the Baha'is in the development of modern Iran." - Oliver Scharbrodt, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 71.3 (October 2008), 574-576 "[An] important volume of collected papers... The often expert coverage of such major themes registered in this worthwhile volume as Zoroastrian and Jewish conversions to the Baha'i relationships with and contributions to Iranian society, and the sad and ongoing history of Iranian Babi-Baha'i persecutions and minority human rights violations offers an indispensable resource to scholars working within the fields of Iranian and Babi-Baha'i studies." - Stephen N. Lambden, University of California, Merced; Journal of the American Oriental Society 130.2 (2010), 304-306
Series: Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st October 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1