Quranic commentary played a major role in the formation of the Babi movement. Early Babis were impressed by the Bab's innovative interpretation of scripture. As the Bab's claims became more widely known, his language became less esoteric.
Qur'an Commentary as Sacred Performance:
The Bab's tafsirs of Qur'an 103 and 108, the Declining Day and the Abundance
published in Der Iran um 19 Jahrhundert und die Enstehung der Bahá'í Religion
, pages 145-158
Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlag, 1998