Further information

Introductions to the Baha'i Faith

The Bahá'í Faith is the official presence of the Bahá'í Faith on the Internet. The site gives a comprehensive overview of the Faith. Another comprehensive overview of the Faith can be found on Wiki, at Baha'i Faith.

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 wonderful biography of Baha'u'llah and the second half is a summary of the teachings. The book is short, cheap, well written and very accessible.

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

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.


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 an academic biography of Baha'u'llah, see the Encyclopedia Iranica.

Moojan Momen: Baha'u'llah: A Short Biography, Oxford: Oneworld, 2007. A very good biography of Baha'u'llah, and it 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.


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

For an overview of Baha'u'llah's teachings on the official Baha'i website, see What Baha'is believe.

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.

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.)

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.


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

Baha'u'llah: Prayers and Meditations by Baha'u'llah is a principal source of Baha'u'llah's prayers. This book can also be downloaded in Word or PDF.

Baha'i Prayers is the most popular general-purpose prayer book used by Baha'is. It can also be downloaded in Word or PDF.


For a list of, and links to, all the writings that have been translated into English, see Windflower Translations.

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

General resources

Facebook groups: Baha'is United in Diversity (public); Baha'i Questions Resource Forum (closed); Baha'i Studies (closed). Anyone can apply to join the closed groups.

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

Bahaikipedia - an online encyclopedia of the Faith

Baha'i9 Wiki - a compendium of articles on a large range of topics

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.

Kalimat Press is an independent publisher that specialises in Baha'i books.

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