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6 Books About the Life of the Bab

July 8, 2015, in Articles > Books, by

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

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This 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 In this easy-to-read biography of the Bab, Balyuzi makes good use of many official historical documents and cites material gathered from family archives.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

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The 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

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Understanding 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

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This 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

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Written 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

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Written 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.

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Naysan Naraqi

Naysan is passionate about using the arts and media to explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. Back in 2011, Naysan started up the Baha’i Blog project, channeling his experiences in both media and technology companies to help create a hub for Baha’i-inspired content online.

Discussion 9 Comments

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.

Ladan Naraqi (July 7, 2015 at 11:28 PM)

Excellent! Thanks Ladan! Here’s the link to the book for those who want to read it: http://www.bahaibookstore.com/Hour-of-the-Dawn-The-Life-of-the-Bab-P6075.aspx

Naysan (July 7, 2015 at 11:35 PM)

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

Ethan (July 7, 2015 at 1:17 PM)

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

Rajie (July 7, 2015 at 7:26 AM)

There’s a very good historical novel, not directly about the Bab, but two early believers, as they follow Him around Persia. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22632198-the-scribe-s-promise

Sherry Schwabacher (July 7, 2015 at 6:56 AM)

Thanks for sharing this Sherry! 🙂

Naysan (July 7, 2015 at 10:08 PM)

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!

BDS (July 7, 2015 at 1:50 PM)

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