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


[Adapted from website:] Tasnim News Agency

[Date:] 2 Ordibehesht 1393 [22 April 2014]


The Betrayals of the Iranian People by Western Orientalists Are Undeniable

Tasnim News Agency: ... A member of the faculty of the Islamic Development Office of Qom School of Theology said, “Historically, among those who are famous in this field, we can mention Count de Gobineau. He was minister plenipotentiary of France, who wrote in his book, Religion in Asia Avesta [sic], about his trip to Iran.”

He stated that the book of Count de Gobineau has been reprinted six times. He said, “In the first 50 pages of this 350-page book, Gobineau examines Islam, the Prophet and the Imams, [and] he repeatedly denies the divinity of Islam.”

Hojatoleslam Pour-Tabatabaie noted that Count de Gobineau, in the [later] chapters of the book, outlined the Baha’i and Babi religions. He said, “The impact of this book on other orientalists is such [that it was recommended to] all those who travelled to Iran.”

A member of the faculty of the Islamic Development Office of Qom School of Theology added, “Edward Brown was another orientalist who came to Iran after reading Gobineau’s book. He went to Kerman during his trip and established contacts with Baha’i circles in the surrounding villages and defended them in his travelogue.”

He said that Gobineau and Brown’s service to promoting Baha’ism was no less than Dolgorouki’s. “Brown has revised nearly ten Baha’is manuscripts and published them on his own.”

Hojatoleslam Pour-Tabatabaie pointed to the effects of European travelogues and added, “Brown has written [about] four periods of Iranian history. Zabihollah Safa and other Persian-speaking writers who studied the history of Iranian literature after the establishment of the University of Tehran have benefited from the research of Edward Brown.

A member of the faculty of the Islamic Development Office of Qom Seminary stated, “Most of these Orientalists either came to Iran as tourists or travelers, or as direct agents of their respective governments who came to identify the social, political and ideological issues of Iranians or provide for the colonial interests of their countries.”

Hojatoleslam Pour-Tabatabaie, pointing out that [Richard N.] Frye instills archeology in Iran, said, “The betrayals of European orientalists in Iran are undeniable. Recently, after Frye’s death, the news was published that he was to be buried in Isfahan. It was strongly opposed by the people and sympathizers.”