- Series: History and Society of the Modern Middle East
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Columbia University Press (May 15, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0231110812
- ISBN-13: 978-0231110815
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,066,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is the first book to chart the evolution of the Baha'i faith--a millenarian movement led by the nineteenth-century Iranian prophet Baha'u'llah (meaning "the Glory of God")--and its transformation against the backdrop of modernity.
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the place of Baha'u'llah, the Founder of the Baha'i Faith, in the
intellectual milieu of the late 19th century Middle East. It is not,
however, a definitive or well-rounded study on Baha'u'llah. Dr. Cole
has been selective about what to emphasize or ignore -- such as some
of Baha'u'llah's more challenging claims to divinity and spiritual
authority, passages in Baha'u'llah's writings that undermine the
author's thesis that Baha'u'llah was strictly committed to a
western-style principle of rigid separation of church and state, and
other interpretations of Baha'u'llah's writings which are regarded as
authoritative by Baha'is. Nevertheless, Cole's is a useful study of
the liberality of spirit and wide-ranging influence exerted by
Baha'u'llah upon the most important of his Middle Eastern
contemporaries. It should not be read as a definitive description of
Baha'u'llah's doctrine or as a comprehensive intellectual history of
Baha'u'llah's influence, for it was not the Middle Eastern
intellectuals but ordinary people who accepted Baha'u'llah's claims to
prophethood and built the international Baha'i community. Dr. Cole's
book was not written to address Baha'u'llah's longer-range spiritual
influence upon ever more followers, the vast majority of whom are in
underdeveloped countries. ...
The book is, by-and large, very readable, very interesting and sheds some light on the circumstances and conditions of the time of the Babi and Baha'i revelations. I feel I have a better understanding of the culture, customs and history of that time. I also welcome the perspective which the author brings to the subject.
As for any controversy regarding this book or its author, the book contains a few points which may disturb the comfort level of some readers, but nothing that shakes my Faith in the essence of the Revelation, or cause me to question the author's point of view or motives.
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