From Iran East and West,
This impressive scholarly volume is the second in the series on Bábí and Bahá’í history. Six scholars have, through painstaking research, brought to light aspects of that history which were previously unknown. Included are articles on the Bábí and Bahá’í religions in India, Iran and America. The first three essays are concerned with Iran. Juan R. Cole provides new insights into Bahá’u’lláh’s interaction with the Sufi orders in Sulaymániyyih during his two-year withdrawal from the Bábí community, 1854-1856. Susan Stiles analyzes the first non-Muslim conversions to the Bahá’í Faith among Zoroastrians in Yazd, Iran. Peggy Caton discusses Bahá’í influences on the master musician Mírzá ‘Abdu’lláh, who was a Bahá’í. Two essays deal with the history of the American Bahá’ís. Richard Hollinger adds substantially to our knowledge of Ibrahim George Kheiralla who first brought the Bahá’í Faith to the West. Peter Smith traces the development and eventual demise of Reality magazine, a Bahá’í periodical. Finally, William Garlington examines the conversion of villagers in Central India to the Bahá’í Faith and compares it to other mass conversion movements in that country.