[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:] Ettelaat

[Date:] 2 Mordad 1364 - 5 Dhu l-Qa`da 1405 - 24 July 1985

[Issue No.:] 17648

[Page:] 15

 

Documents of America’s Den of Espionage

Part sixty-seven

Revival of the “Islamic fundamentalism” in Iran

The Shia belief in the philosophy of absence[1] led to a few movements in the direction of establishing a divine world government, which was a mixture of Sufism and disagreement with the central government. The most famous of these movements were Ismailism and Shaykhism. The movement of Shaykhism, in essence, was a movement of the Middle Ages; that is, in the context of the rational dissent of Islam and not the modern views on individual and social progress. However, one of the latest leaders of this sect, Haj Mohammad Karim Khan Kermani, added the theory of social evolution to the ideas of Shaykhism, under the leadership of the appointed intermediaries. Another exaggerated explanation of this view from the social perspective, was [the appearance of] Babism [the predecessor to Bahaism] in the nineteenth century.

 

 

[1] i.e. Absence of the Twelfth Imam of Shia Islam