[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]

 

[Newspaper:] Bamdad

[Date:] 18 Mordad 1358 [9 August 1979]

[Issue No.:] 79

 

Iran: Revolution In the Name of God

Perhaps one hundred-twenty-thousand people following the Bab’s wish for the reform of society, fighting against the death penalty, polygamy and the use of the veil, are supported. In Khorasan, a famous woman preacher, with uncovered hair, gives a sermon. During the evenings, the followers of the Bab get together in concealment at homes, and women too, are present in secret and without a veil in these meetings. Torment and abuse starts as the movement makes quick progress. The Bab himself is executed in Tabriz in 1850, during the reign of Nasereddin Shah, after going through much torture.

Before [raising] any question about the tolerance of the future Islamic state against religious minorities and potential debates, concerning this—absolutely Iranian—historical experience, they always hesitate to respond (the examples of the intolerance cited in other Islamic countries are quickly dismissed on the grounds that they are Sunni). One of the ayatollahs of Tabriz argues that, “This was never the Shi’a clerics who oppressed the Bab. It was only the government which acted in this way”. Some intellectuals justify this tyranny [oppression] in this way: “The British had given money to the Bab”, or “He had called himself the Twelfth Imam; such a lie was sacrilege”. In fact, such a sensitive evasion on the part of the audience in analysing this clear event is the consequence of what becomes the continuation of the Bab’s affairs. The Babis who were subject to…

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