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Abstract:
A book-length overview from an outsider's perspective, written by a missionary in Shiraz for his Christian audience.

The Religion of the Bahá'ís

by J. R. Richards

London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1932
Abstract (from Preface): This book has been written with a view to the needs of missionaries who are in daily contact with Bahá'ís. The need of such a book has long been felt by Christian missionaries working in the Near East, who are daily hampered in their work through ignorance of the history and teaching of Bahá'ísm, due to lack of literature on the subject.
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                            Contents

    I. The Mahdi in Islam................................................. 1
   II. The Coming of the Bab............................................. 12
  III. The Teaching of the Bab........................................... 35
   IV. The Coming of Bahá'u'lláh......................................... 48
    V. The Beginnings of the Bahá'í Religion............................. 60
   VI. The Making of a New Religion...................................... 69
  VII. The Doctrine of the Person of Bahá'u'lláh......................... 81
 VIII. `Abdu'l-Bahá and the Spread of Bahá'ísm........................... 90
   IX. The New Bahá'ísm and the West.................................... 104
    X. The Teachings of Abdu'l-Bahá..................................... 120
         (a) God; Man; Immortality
   XI. The Teachings of Abdu'l-Bahá..................................... 137
         (b) The Trinity; Jesus Christ; The Holy Spirit; Baptism
  XII. The Teachings of Abdu'l-Bahá..................................... 147
         (c) The Prophets; Miracles; The Scriptures; Sin and Evil; Love
 XIII. The Doctrine of the Person of Abdu'l-Bahá........................ 159
  XIV. The Bible in Bahá'ísm............................................ 167
   XV. Worship in Bahá'ísm.............................................. 185
  XVI. Shoghi Effendi and the Bahá'í Constitution....................... 196
 XVII. Bahá'í Missionary Methods........................................ 207
XVIII. Bahá'ísm and the Future.......................................... 219

                            Appendix I
       The Numbers 19 and 9 in the Babi-Bahá'í Religion................. 228
                            Appendix II
       Abdu'l-Bahá's Contradictory Accounts of the Life of Bahá'u'lláh.. 230
                            Appendix III
       Queen Marie of Romania and the Princess Ileana................... 233
                            Appendix IV
       The Problem of the Bahá'í "Inquirer"............................. 239
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