The religious movement known as Bābism profoundly affected Iranian society during the 1840s. After a lengthy hiatus, academic study of the sect has entered a new phase with the appearance of several important books, articles, and theses.
The present work surveys Persian and Arabic manuscripts relating to the history and doctrines of the sect. Part one examines the writings of the Bāb and his followers. Part two analyses primary and secondary sources for Bābī history, with a discussion of the controversial
Kitāb-i Nuqṭat al-kāf. Discussion of each title is followed by a comprehensive listing of known MS copies. An appendix contains an index of first lines and titles for works of the Bāb.
This is the first study to examine the large corpus of Bābī writing and will help scholars identify texts and find manuscripts in Europe and the Middle East.
Denis MacEoin (Ph.D. Cambridge 1979) taught Arabic and Islamic studies at Newcastle University, 1981-86. Currently he is Honorary Fellow, Durham University. Recent publications:
A People Apart: the Baha'i Community of Iran in the Twentieth Century (1989).
Researchers on Babi doctrine and history will find this an indispensable tool... Recommended for graduate libraries with Middle Eastern collections.' C.W. Ernst,
Choice, 1992. '
His work will remain a standard reference for a long while.' Todd Lawson,
J.S.S., 1993. '
MacEoin has performed a valuable service in initiating this process and his book will undoubtedly be of great help to those who are working in this field.' Moojan Momen,
Iranian Studies, 1995.
students and specialists of Islam, Iranian studies and the history of religion, members of the Bahai religion.