[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Adapted from website:] Iran-e Emrooz

[Date:] 17 Mordad 1398 [8 August 2019]

 

Introduction to a Book: “Belated Reflections on the Beginning of the Babi and Baha’i Teachings” / Forough Publishing

Why was the book, “Belated Reflections on the Beginning of the Babi and Baha’i Teachings” published?

Many of us Iranians have failed to support the citizenship rights of our Babi compatriots, and, in continuation, the Azalis and Baha’is, for more than 160 years since their inception. The main reason for this shortcoming was, and still is, the ignorance of many of us about what the Babis, later the Azalis and the Baha’is, thought and did.

The cause of this ignorance has been the very poisonous and misleading propaganda of the Shiite clergy on the one hand, and the thinking of our “ideologized intellectuals” who have considered them to be affiliated with foreign countries, on the other hand.

Books should be written about the harassment, arrest, torture, imprisonment, killing and execution of thousands of Babis, Azalis and Baha’is during the 160 years of contemporary Iranian history, especially about the Baha’is, in the last four decades, under the direct rule of the Shiite clergy.

Many of us know little about the teachings of the followers of this vast movement in the framework of the Baha’is.

A few years ago, Forough Publishing, for its part in the field of enlightenment and knowledge of the Babi and Azali movement, published the important book “The Record and Influence of Azali Dissidents in Iran”, by prominent researcher Manouchehr Bakhtiari.

Now, the book “Belated Reflections on the Beginning of the Babi and Baha’i Teachings”, by Mahmoud Sabahi, is available to book lovers and those interested in learning about important social events in contemporary Iranian history.

Dr. Mahmoud Sabahi, with his extensive knowledge, valuable analysis, and powerful writing, has taken a valuable step in writing this book and introducing to us what Baha’is think and how they behave. Let us know the Baha’is not through the language of their enemies, but through impartial research and analysis.