Gate of the Heart : Understanding the Writings of the Bab

By (author) Saiedi, Nader

In 1844 a charismatic young Persian merchant from Shiraz, known as the Bab, electrified the Shi'ih world by claiming to be the return of the Hidden Twelfth Imam of Islamic prophecy. But contrary to traditional expectations of apocalyptic holy war, the Bab maintained that the spiritual path was not one of force and coercion but love and compassion. The movement he founded was the precursor of the Baha'i faith, but until now the Bab's own voluminous writings - complex, mystical, highly symbolic - have been seldom studied and often misunderstood. The book offers the first in-depth introduction to the writings of the Bab. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the author examines the Bab's major works in multifaceted context, explaining the unique theological system, mystical world view, and interpretive principles they embody as well as the rhetorical and symbolic uses of language through which the Bab radically transforms traditional concepts. Arguing that the Babi movement went far beyond an attempt at an Islamic Reformation, the author explores controversial issues and offers conclusions that will compel a re-evaluation of some prevalent assumptions about the Bab's station, claims, and laws. Nader Saiedi's meticulous and insightful analysis identifies the key themes, terms, and concepts that characterise each stage of the Bab's writings, unlocking the code of the Bab's mystical lexicon. "Gate of the Heart" is a subtle and profound textual study and an essential resource for anyone wishing to understand the theological foundations of the Baha'i religion and the Bab's significance in religious history. It is co-published with the Association for Baha'i Studies.

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  • Introduction
  • Part I: The Interpretive Revelation
  • Part II: The Metaphysics of the Primal Will & Divine Action
  • Part III: The Primal Point & Progressive Revelation
  • Index.

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書名 Gate of the Heart : Understanding the Writings of the Bab
著作者等 Saiedi, Nader
書名別名 Understanding the Writings of the Bab
出版元 Wilfrid Laurier University Press
刊行年月 2010.08.26
ページ数 423p
大きさ H155 x W230
ISBN 9781554580569
言語 英語
出版国 カナダ