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Introductions to the Baha'i Faith

Online

The Bahá'ís represents the official presence of the Bahá'í Faith on the World Wide Web. It is sponsored by the Office of Public Information of the Bahá'í International Community. The site gives a comprehensive overview of the Faith.

A comprehensive overview of the Faith can be found on Wiki, at Baha'i Faith.

An introduction to the Baha'i Faith is a good comprehensive introduction, written by a Baha'i.

Books

William Garlington: The Baha'i Faith in America, Praeger Publishers, 2005. A dispassionate, scholarly treatment of the Baha'i Faith, its teachings and its historical development in America, from 1895 to the present.

Janice Mazidi: One With All the Earth. An Introduction to the Baha'i Teachings, Los Angeles: Kalimat Press, 2003. The first half of this book is a biography of Baha'u'llah and the second half is a summary of the teachings. It is well written and very accessible.

Peter Smith: The Bahá'í Religion (Oxford: George Ronald, 1988). This a general introduction to the Faith.

History

Online

For an excellent photographic narrative of Baha'u'llah's life, see The Life of Baha'u'llah.

For an outline of the Faith's history on Wiki, see Baha'i history.

For a short history for a general audience, see http://www.northill.demon.co.uk/bahai/intro8.htm

For a short history for a general audience written by an academic, see http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jrcole/bahabio.htm

Books

Janice Mazidi: One With All the Earth. An Introduction to the Baha'i Teachings, Los Angeles: Kalimat Press, 2003. The first half of this book is a biography of Baha'u'llah. It is well written and very accessible. I recommend this book to anyone looking for an easy-to-read general introduction to the Baha'i Faith.

Moojan Momen: Baha'u'llah: A Short Biography, Oxford: Oneworld, 2007. Covers the basics and is a paperback so it isn't expensive.

Peter Smith: A Short History of the Bahá'í Faith, Oxford: Oneworld, 1995. This is a general history of the Faith. Peter Smith has also written the more comprehensive The Babi and Baha'i Religions. From messianic Shi'ism to a world religion Cambridge University Press, 1987. This is an excellent book telling the story of the Baha'i Faith from the time of the Bab to the late 20th century.

David Ruhe: Robe of Light. The Persian Years of the Supreme Prophet Baha'u'llah 1817-1853, Oxford: George Ronald, 1994. This book focuses on the years of Baha'u'llah's life until he was exiled to Baghdad. It has many excellent photographs and is easy to read.

H Balyuzi: Baha'u'llah: the King of Glory. Oxford: George Ronald, 1980. To date, this is the definitive biography of Baha'u'llah. Unfortunately, the English takes a bit of work and the book is full of Iranian and Arabic names. This is the one to read if you're really keen. It is not an academic work. It is the historical account that the Baha'i community generally relies on.

Abbas Amanat: Resurrection and Renewal. The Making of the Babi Movement in Iran 1844-1850, Cornell University Press, 1989. This is the academic work on the history of the Babi Religion. Difficult to read if you are not familiar with this area of study.

Spiritual teachings

Online

For a summary of the spiritual teachings of Baha'u'llah, see http://www.northill.demon.co.uk/bahai/intro7.htm.

For a summary of the social teachings of Baha'u'llah, see http://www.northill.demon.co.uk/bahai/intro3.htm.

For an overview of the spiritual and social teachings of Baha'u'llah on Wiki, see Baha'i teachings.

For an overview of Baha'u'llah's spiritual teachings on the official Baha'i website, see Spiritual Truths.

For an overview of Baha'u'llah's social teachings on the official Baha'i website, see Basic Teachings of Baha'u'llah.

For a detailed explanation of the concept of 'manifestation', see The Concept of Manifestation in the Bahá'í Writings by Juan Cole.

For an in-depth discussion on our spiritual journey to God, see The Kawthar of Divine Knowledge by Alison Marshall.

For a list and explanation of the Baha'i holy days, see http://www.geocities.com/~quddus/feast/fhlydys.html.

For a collection of Baha'i prayers, see Baha'i Prayers.

Also see below, for some Baha'i books are available as downloads.

Books

Abdu'l-Baha: Some Answered Questions is full of explanations by Abdu'l-Baha about the Baha'i teachings. This book is available online at the Baha'i Reference Library, following the link given, and can also be downloaded in Word or PDF.

Baha'u'llah: Prayers and Meditations is a principal source of Baha'u'llah's prayers. This book is available online at the Baha'i Reference Library, following the link given, and can also be downloaded in Word or PDF.

Baha'i Prayers is the most popular general-purpose prayer book used by Baha'is. It is available online at the Baha'i Reference Library, following the link given, and can also be downloaded in Word or PDF.

Janice Mazidi: One With All the Earth. An Introduction to the Baha'i Teachings, Los Angeles: Kalimat Press, 2003. The second half of this book is a summary of Baha'u'llah's spiritual and social teachings. It is well written and very accessible.

John Walbridge: Sacred Acts, Sacred Space, Sacred Time, Oxford: George Ronald, 1996. This is written by an academic and is a comprehensive book on Baha'i religious practice and law.

Denis MacEoin: Rituals in Babism and Baha'ism, Pembroke Persian Papers, British Academic Press and Centre of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge, 1994. This is written by an academic and is a comprehensive book on Babi and Baha'i religious practice and law. (Not cheap, however.)

Further reading on the social teachings of Baha'u'llah can be found in the Writings section.

Writings

Online

For a list of, with links to, all the writings that have been translated into English, see Baha'u'llah explore.

All writings that have been officially translated are available online at the Baha'i Reference Library and can be downloaded in Word or PDF.

For writings in Arabic and Persian, see http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/. These titles can be downloaded in Word or PDF.

H-Baha'i has a large collection of the writings in the original Arabic and Persian.

For a full list of Baha'u'llah's works (that we know of), see the Leiden List.

Mystical writings

For a useful article on how erotic symbolism is used in Sufism, see Themes of the Erotic in Sufi Mysticism by Jonah Winters. Such symbolism is used in Baha'u'llah's mystical tablets.

For a related work, which specifically discusses the image of the houri, see Erotic Imagery in the Allegorical Writings of Baha'u'llah by John Walbridge.

For an academic discussion on the Book of Certitude, see The Kitab-i Iqan: An Introduction to Baha'u'llah's Book of Certitude with Two Digital Reprints of Early Lithographs by Christopher Buck.

Social teachings

For a detailed description of the Kitab-i-Aqdas, see Aqdas, Kitab-i- (al-Kitab al-Aqdas, the Most Holy Book) by John Walbridge.

For a discussion on the Kitab-i-Aqdas, see Choice Wine: The Kitab-i Aqdas and the Development of Baha'i Law by Anthony Lee.

For an in-depth explanation of Baha'u'llah's tablets to the kings, see Tablets to the Kings. Baha'u'llah's Tablets to the Rulers. by Juan Cole.

For an in-depth discussion on Baha'u'llah's writings on human rights, see The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Baha'i Scriptures by Juan Cole.

For an academic article on Baha'u'llah's teachings on the separation of church and state, see A Theology of the State from the Baha'i Teachings by Sen McGlinn.

Books

Juan Cole: Modernity and the Millennium. The Genesis of the Baha'i Faith in 19th-century Middle East, New York: Columbia University Press, 1998. This is an academic work that contains an in-depth discussion on Baha'u'llah's social teachings on religious liberty, the separation of church and state, constitutional democracy, international collective security, globalism over nationalism, and the equality of the sexes.

Sen McGlinn: Church and State. A postmodern political theology (2005). An excellent academic work that traces the principle of the separation of church and state from early Islam through to the teachings of Baha'u'llah.

John Walbridge: Sacred Acts, Sacred Space, Sacred Time, Oxford: George Ronald, 1996. This is written by an academic and is a comprehensive book on Baha'i religious practice and law.

Denis MacEoin: Rituals in Babism and Baha'ism, Pembroke Persian Papers, British Academic Press and Centre of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge, 1994. This is written by an academic and is a comprehensive book on Babi and Baha'i religious practice and law. (Not cheap, however.)

General resources

Baha'i Online Library is a vast online library with a wide range of materials on the Faith.

H-Baha'i has a large collection of the writings in the original Arabic and Persian and many scholarly materials on the Faith.

Baha'is Online collects together Baha'i-related stories, articles, blogs and weblinks from across the Internet.

All-top's "Baha'i Faith News" for the latest on the Baha'i Faith on the Internet.

Iran Press Watch for the latest on the persecution of the Baha'is in Iran.

For a list of good books related to the Baha'i Faith, see the Books section on Baha'u'llah Explore.

Kalimat Press is an independent publisher that specialises in Baha'i books. The website has a full list of its titles. These have been put into helpful categories such as books on Christianity, books on spirituality, books on social issues and scholarly and academic books.

George Ronald is one of the main Baha'i publishers. Many books mentioned on this site have been published by this publisher.

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