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


[Newspaper:] Gozaresh-e Rouz

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

[Issue No.:] 22

[Page:] 40


The Motive for the Assassination

There were multiple incentives for the murder of Nasereddin Shah. At the individual level, the pressures bearing on Mirza Reza Kermani, such as imprisonment, exile, torture, allegations of indecent behaviour and murder of [his] sister, accusation of apostasy and Babism, death of [his] offspring and separation from wife and children, provoked the substance ready for the explosion in his soul and body. From the social perspective, Mirza Reza, who was one of the devoted followers of Siyyid Jamaloddin Asadabadi (Afghani), decided to carry out this terrifying deed in order to avenge the insults and slurs which his beloved had suffered at the hands of the agents of the Shah…

…The newspaper… published in London, wrote this a few days after the Shah’s assassination:  “As soon as the news of the assassination of the king of Iran arrived, I shrewdly realised that this murder must be related to the plan of the Ottoman sultan to unite the two Islamic sects. Now it seems this was indeed the case, as the criminal (Mulla Shaykh Reza) is not a Babi shaykh and is not related to that secretive association, which has intended to murder the Shah for many years. Now it has become known that Reza had spent several months of this last year in a travellers’ lodge near Istanbul, and that this place had been allocated by the sultan to the reception of mullahs and shaykhs, who, according to a national list, are on His Royal Highness’s payroll. In this place, the sultan consults and liaises with those shaykhs and mullahs about uniting the Sunnites and Shiites in favour of the Caliphate establishment.”

Some of the western newspapers assumed this murder to [have been attempted] on behalf of the perverse religious sects, while the reporter of the Manchester Guardian considered it a side effect of the rivalry between Russia and Britain…