6 Books About the Life of the Bab

As Baha’is around the world gather to commemorate the Martyrdom of the Bab, and reflect on His intense and amazing short-lived ministry, I thought it would be useful to share with everyone a list of books which may shed some light on His life, and help us gain a better understanding of the ‘The Herald of the Faith’.

1. The Bab: The Herald of the Day of Days – H.M. Balyuzi

The Bab 162x246This is probably the most comprehensive book about the life of the Bab I’ve bought, and the author H.M. Balyuzi is not only considered one of the foremost scholars of the Baha’i Faith, but he’s also actually related to the Bab. In this easy-to-read biography of the Bab, Balyuzi makes good use of many official historical documents and cites material gathered from family archives.

You can purchase the book here.


2. The Dawn-Breakers: Nabil’s Narrative of the Early Days of the Baha’i Revelation

Dawnbreakers 162x246The Dawn-Breakers, or Nabil’s Narrative as it’s often called, is the most comprehensive and authoritative eyewitness account of the beginnings of the Baha’i era. It is also distinguished for being the only work of its kind completed in the time of Baha’u’llah, who approved portions of the manuscript. Translated by Shoghi Effendi, and originally published in English in 1932, this book continues to offer a priceless resource for those wishing to better understand early Baha’i history, its connection to the Babi religion, and the implications of this history for today.

You can purchase the book here.


3. Gate of the Heart: Understanding the Writings of the Bab – Nader Saiedi

Gate of the Heart 162x246Understanding the Bab’s Writings and their context can help us understand more about the personage of the Bab, and Dr. Nader Saiedi’s meticulous and insightful analysis identifies the key themes, terms, and concepts that characterize each stage of the Bab’s Writings, unlocking the code of the Bab’s mystical lexicon. Gate of the Heart is a subtle and profound textual study and an essential resource for anyone wishing to understand the theological foundations of the Baha’i religion and the Bab’s significance in religious history.

You can purchase the book here.


4. The Bab: The King of Messengers – Riaz Ghadimi

The Bab King of Messengers 162x246This treatise is not a book of history, but rather it’s the text of an address about the greatness of the revelation of the Bab. It covers highlights of the life of the Bab as well as describing the fate of the persecutors of the Bab and His companions. It also addresses the references in the Revelation of the Bab to the subsequent Revelation of Baha’u’llah.

You can purchase the book here.


5. Khadijih Bagum, the Wife of the Bab – H.M. Balyuzi

Khadijih Bagum - HM Balyuzi 162x246Written and compiled by H.M. Balyuzi, a relative of the Bab, we are able to gain a better understanding of the life of the Bab through this short account of the life of the wife of the Bab, a “princess of her age”. You can also read Baha’i Blog’s article about Khadijeh Bagum here.

You can purchase the book here.


6. Release the Sun – William Sears

Release the Sun 162x246Written by Hand of the Cause William Sears, this easy-to-read and gripping book brings to life the early history of the Baha’i Faith conveying the divine magnetism and remarkable radiance of the Bab and the selflessness of the Babis right up through the hour of the martyrdom of the Bab.

You can purchase the book here.


I hope you find this list of books relating to the life of the Bab useful, and if you have any suggestions of other good books about the life of the Bab, then please add them to the ‘comments’ section below.

About the Author

Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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Discussion 9 Comments

  1. Great list, Naysan. The book “Hour of the Dawn: The Life of the Bab” by Mary Perkins is also well written and an easy read.

      1. My copy of Hour of the Dawn came in the mail just yesterday; and I would highly recommend it as well.

  2. Thank you for sharing and I find the video THE BRIEF INTRODUCTION OF THE FAITH very usefeul for me to share with my friends

  3. Thanks for this article and list. As mentioned, most of these books can be found at BahaiBookstore.com (Baha’i Distribution Service). For a complete listing of all the books and resources we have available about the Bab, please visit this direct search link: http://bit.ly/thebabsearch (you may wish to save it for future reference). You can also search our downloadable music site, BahaiMusicStore.com, for songs or albums about the Bab: http://bit.ly/bmsthebabsearch — Thank you!

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