Nader Saiedi, "Gate of the Heart: Understanding the Writings of the Bab".
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press | ISBN: 1554580358 | 2008 edition | PDF | 432 Pages | 1.50 MB
In 1844 a charismatic young Persian merchant from Shiraz, known as the Bab, electrified the Shi’ih world by claiming to be the return of the Hidden Twelfth Imam of Islamic prophecy. But contrary to traditional expectations of apocalyptic holy war, the Bab maintained that the spiritual path was not one of force and coercion but love and compassion. The movement he founded was the precursor of the Baha’i faith, but until now the Bab’s own voluminous writings—complex, mystical, highly symbolic—have been seldom studied and often misunderstood. Gate of the Heart offers the first in-depth introduction to the writings of the Bab.