by Hussein Ahdieh, Hillary Chapman


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Awakening by Hussein Ahdieh, Hillary Chapman

An inspiring account of the brutal religious persecutions that took place in 1850, 1853, and 1909 in the town of Nayriz, Iran, against its Babi and Baha'i residents. During this time, the town's citizens, spurred on by a corrupt Muslim clergy and government, launched several waves of bloodshed against the Babis - and later Baha'is - who lived there. This type of persecution continues today in present-day Iran toward the Baha'is - on a more subtle level - and the history of the Babis and Baha'is in Nayriz serves as a reminder of what can happen when religious fanaticism and paranoia are allowed to replace rational thinking and tolerance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781618510297
Publisher: Baha'i Publishing Trust, U.S.
Publication date: 05/01/2013
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Hussein Ahdieh was born and raised in Nayriz, Iran, He is a sixth generation Baha'i, his ancestors figuring among the first in Nayriz to accept the Babi and later Baha'i Faith. Hussein immigrated to the United States as a young man. Like many immigrants seeking a better life in America, he worked and attended college in the New York area. Hussein eventually completed a Masters Degree in European Intellectual History and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts. Hillary Chapman has a BA in History from Haverford College and an MS from the University of Pennsylvania. He was an English and history teacher at Chapin School in New York City and Sidwell Friends School in Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Background 7

The Báb, Vahíd, and Nayríz

In the beginning 19

1 The town of Nayríz 21

2 The Báb 35

3 Vahíd 53

4 Separate Ways 59

5 Vahíd Nears Nayríz 71

Nayríz, 1850

6 The Great Announcement and the Heroic Stand at Fort Khájih 79

7 Massacre of the Faithful 91

8 Punishment 103

9 Attempt on the Life of the King of Persia 115

Nayríz, 1853

10 Upheaval in Nayríz 123

11 Battle in the Vineyard 133

12 The Bloody Mountain: Darb-i-Shikáft and Bálá-Taram 139

13 Death of the Commander 149

14 Sacrifice of the Faithful 161

15 The Long Road into Captivity 171

16 The Transformation of the Bábís into Bahá'ís 185

Nayríz, 1909

17 The Kingdom of Persia in Chaos 207

18 The Invasion of 1909 213

19 Suffering of the Faithful 225

20 The Temple Sacrifice 237

21 The Third Day 245

22 Flight to Sarvistán 251

23 The Passing of 'Abdu'l-Bahá 259

24 Exodus 267

Appendix A List of martyrs of the Nayríz conflict of 1853 as listed in Shafí's manuscript 283

Appendix B About our Sources 287

Notes 291

Bibliography 323

Index 331

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall a good ?historical account of the Baha’I community in Nayriz Iran. The reading can be difficult in part and a dictionary maybe needed.