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New book: The Baha'is of Iran: Socio-Historical Studies

Postby Jonah » Tue Sep 11, 2007 1:08 pm

A new book by Dominic Brookshaw and Seena Fazel is out:

Routledge are pleased to announce the publication of:

Socio-Historical Studies
Edited by Dominic Parviz Brookshaw, University of Manchester, UK and
Seena B. Fazel, University of Oxford, UK

The first multi-author volume that comprehensively surveys the
emergence and development of the Baha’i community of Iran, the
country’s largest non-Muslim religious minority.

August 2007: 234x156: 304pp
Hb: 978-0-415-35673-2: £70.00

Click here for more information or to order this book:

Part of the Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies

Publisher's description

The Baha'i community of Iran is the country's largest non-Muslim
religious minority. This collection of essays presents a
comprehensive study of the social and historical development of the
Baha'i community, and its role in shaping modern Iran.

Central to this study is the pioneering character of the Baha'i
community in the late 19th and early 20th century, with chapters
examining the role of women in the Baha'i community; the impact of
Baha'i-run schools on Iranian society, Baha'i contributions to
public health initiatives; and the influence of Baha'i thought and
the actions of individual Baha'is on the Constitutional Revolution
of 1906-1911.

Conversion to the Baha'i Faith is another important theme, as
contributors investigate the phenomenon of large scale conversion to
the Baha'i Faith from the Jewish and Zoroastrian communities.

Finally, although persecution of the Baha'is has drawn the attention
of the Western media, until now few scholars working in the field of
Iranian studies have chosen to write on the history or details of
this persecution. Here, five prominent figures in the field redress
this balance and look at different aspects of this persecution,
including its historical background, the attitude of secular
Iranians, persecution before and after the Islamic Revolution of
1979, and human rights perspectives.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of Iranian
studies, Middle Eastern studies and comparative religion, and with
many chapters authored by leading academics in Iranian studies, The
Baha'is of Iran addresses both a gap in academic literature on the
Baha'i Faith, and in the study of modern Iran in general.

Table of Contents

1. Foreword Dominic Parviz Brookshaw and Seena B. Fazel

2. Messianic Expectation and Evolving Identities: the conversion of
Iranian Jews to the Baha'i Faith Mehrdad Amanat

3. The Conversion of Zoroastrians to the Baha'i Faith Fereydun

4. Instructive Encouragement: the tablets of Baha'ullah and
`Abdu'l-Baha to Baha'i women in Iran and India Dominic
Parviz Brookshaw

5. Baha'i Schools in Iran Moojan Momen

6. Baha'i Health Initiatives in Iran: a preliminary survey Seena
B. Fazel and Minou Foadi

7. Baha'i Discourses on the Constitutional
Revolution Kavian Milani

8. The Comparative Dimension of the Baha'i Case and Prospects for
Change in the Future Eliz Sanasarian

9. The Historical Roots of
the Persecution of Babis and Baha'is in Iran Abbas Amanat

10. Anti-Baha'ism and Islamism in Iran Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi

11. Anatomy of Prejudice: reflections on secular anti-Baha'ism in
Iran H.E. Chehabi

12. The Discourse and Practice of Human Rights
Violations of Iranian Baha'is in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Reza Afshari

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