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"Historical Dictionary of the Bahá'í Faith" 2nd Edition

The Scarecrow Press, Inc., ISBN: 0-8108-5096-6, 704pp

"Blurb" from the Scarecrow website.... "Growing out of the teachings of the Báb, Who introduced the idea of the coming of a great Prophet (the One promised in the scriptures of all the world's major religions), the Bahá'í Faith was founded by Bahá'u'lláh, when in 1866 he publicly declared that he was the One the Báb prophesized. The 2nd edition of the Historical Dictionary of the Bahá'í Faith presents a general historical overview of both Bábí and Bahá'í religions as well as a theological overview of the Bahá'í Faith from their inception in the mid 19th century to the middle of 2005. It presents biographical details of the Founders and Central Figures along with numerous leaders and pioneers, most of the basic principles and precepts, as well as aspects of its organization and administration.

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"Through the use of photographs, a list of acronyms, a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on nearly every aspect of the religion, and appendixes listing the genealogy of the Founders, statistical information, and lists of apostles, disciples, Hands of the Cause, Knights of Bahá'u'lláh as well as of more than 930 believers who have contributed to its growth and development, this book is an fundamental tool for finding information on all things related to the Bahá'í Faith."

Reviews

 “The bibliography is among the best of its kind, and the many appendixes help the reader with detailed information. The dictionary is readable and comprehensive to the general reader. As an introduction to the religion, it serves as a gathering place for the data.”        

    —American Reference Books Annual

“A useful source of information about people active in the Baha’i religion, the Persian terms it uses abundantly, and its basic ideas.”

    —Quest magazine

Growing out of the teachings of the Báb, who introduced the idea of the coming of a great prophet (the one promised in the scriptures of all the world’s major religions), the Bahá’í Faith was founded by Bahá’u’lláh when, in 1866, he publicly declared that he was the One the Báb had prophesized. This second edition of Historical Dictionary of the Bahá’í Faith presents a general historical overview of both Bábí and Bahá’í religions and a theological overview of the Bahá’í Faith, from its inception in the middle of the 19th century to the present. It presents biographical details of the Founders and Central Figures as well as numerous leaders and pioneers, basic principles and precepts, and aspects of the organization and its administration.

With photographs, a list of acronyms, a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on nearly every aspect of the religion, and appendixes listing the genealogy of the Founders, statistical information, and lists of apostles, disciples, Hands of the Cause, Knights of Bahá’u’lláh, and more than 930 believers, this book is a fundamental reference tool for the Bahá’í Faith.