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Abstract:
The complete book in Spanish, sample chapter in English, reviews, audio interview, and video interviews and presentations, including one on "Bábí Women Of Nayriz" in the persecutions of 1850, 1853 and 1909.
Notes:
See also the authors' website for this book, www.awakeningnayriz.org, and see 22 Biographies of Bábís and Bahá'ís from Nayriz.
Written in English and Spanish.

Awakening: A History of the Bábi and Bahá'í Faiths in Nayriz

by Hussein Ahdieh and Hillary Chapman

Wilmette: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 2013
Abstract: In 1850 Nayriz was a sleepy farm town in Fars province Persia, where people grew dates and pomegranates and lived peaceful lives. But it was a stifling peace without hope, where the future was merely a continuation of the past. On May 27, 1850, the status quo was shattered. Vahíd proclaimed the message of the Báb from the pulpit of the Jumih mosque in Nayriz, and Nayriz would never be able to return to the way it was before. It had been jolted into the painful throes of awakening.

Awakening is an inspiring chronicle of the bloody birth of the Bábi movement in Nayriz and its trying evolution into that city's Bahá'í community—a community that has planted Bahá'ís in six continents. The book recounts in detail the heroic struggles of the Bábis in 1850 and 1853 against the overwhelming forces of the Persian Empire and the horrific treatment of the survivors. It includes an in-depth of study of Vahíd as a spiritual and military leader and bringer of a new way of life to the people of Nayriz. It also provides an account of the less-known but dramatic upheaval of 1909.

1. Sample chapter, English original
Chapter 15: "The Long Road to Captivity"

Ch. 15, "The Long Road to Captivity," describes the horrific forced march of men, women and children taken prisoner in the 1853 upheaval, from Nayriz to Shiraz. The captured Bábis were subjected to humiliation, starvation, thirst, cold, beatings, and in some cases beheading. The march is described at a high level in God Passes By. This sample chapter provides an in-depth portrayal of the this gruesome set of events and the courage and spirit of sacrifice exemplified by the Bábis.

2. Complete book, en Español

Despertar: Historia de la Fe Bábí y de la Fe Bahá'í en Nayríz
trans. into Spanish by Miguel Gil Santesteban y Rafael Castillo Martínez

Because this PDF is large — 307 pages and 7MB — it is not automatically displayed on this webpage.

Click here to download it: ahdieh_despertar_historia_nayriz.pdf.

3. Reviews

4. Audio Interview with Hussein Ahdieh
59 minutes, published June 27, 2015 at bahaipodcast.com/archives.asp?pYrID=2015

Hussein, in collaboration with Hillary Chapman, is the author of Awakening: A History of the Bábi and Bahá'í Faiths in Nayriz, an inspiring chronicle of the bloody birth of the Bábi movement in Nayriz Persia and its trying evolution into that city's Bahá'í community—a community that has grown to be the world's second most widespread religion.

Hussein is also working on publishing two other books. One on Tahireh, a renowned 19th century Persian poetess that became a force to be reckoned with for the Bábi Faith. She was ultimately killed for her outspoken proclamation of the Bábi Faith. And finally, Hussein is working on publishing a book on 'Abdu'l-Bahá, the son of the prophet founder of the Bahá'í Faith, Bahá'u'lláh. The book will focus on 'Abdu'l-Bahá's time in America, especially when he was in New York City. Check out his websites: Awakening and Nayriz.org

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5. Interview with Hussein Ahdieh by Nwandi Lawson, Georgia Public Broadcasting
9:31 minutes, published March 25, 2012 at youtube.com

6. Awakening, an introduction
1:42 minutes, published April 24, 2013 at youtube.com

7. Awakening, another introduction
3:29 minutes, published February 23, 2013 at youtube.com

8. Bábí Women Of Nayriz
2008 minutes, published December 6, 2012 at youtube.com
see more videos and presentations at nayriz.org

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