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||French diplomat Joseph Comte de Gobineau published Religions et les Philosophies dans l'Asie Centrale, over half of which is devoted to a study of the Bábí movement.
Gobineau's work was written when Mírzá Yahyá was still know as the nominal head of the Bábí Faith. Between 1855 and 1858 when Gobineau was First Secretary and Chargé d'Affaires of the French Legation . He was the Ambassador from March 1862 until September, 1863. Two embassy employees during his time there were ardent supporters of Mírzá Yahyá, one of whom was his brother-in-law.
This work attracted a number of other European intellectuals, including E. G. Browne of Cambridge, who eventually became the most prolific western writer and researcher of the Bábi religion. [BBR17, MCS483; 500; 512]
||Joseph Comte de Gobineau; Babi studies; Edward Granville Browne; Mirza Yahya
|1871 16 Oct
||The famous British writer and critic, Matthew Arnold, made a brief reference to the Faith in an address that he gave to the Birmingham and Midland Institute. (See M. Momen, Babi and Bahá'í Religions). This reference was probably because of Comte de Gobineau's book Les Religions et Les Philosophies dans l'Asie Centrale which was published in 1865.
[First Public Mentions of the Bahá'í Faith in the West by Bahá'í Information Office of the UK]
||Matthew Arnold; Comte de Gobineau
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- A Propos de Deux Manuscrits "Babis" de la Bibliotheque Nationale, by A.L.M. Nicolas, in Revue de l'histoire des religions, 47 (1903). Regarding the correct titles/classification of two versions of the manuscript "Histoire de la secte des Bâbis" from the library of Comte de Gobineau. [about]
- Correspondance entre le Comte de Gobineau et le Comte de Prokesche-Osten (1854-1876), by Joseph Arthur Gobineau (1933). Multiple letters from 1865-1868 referencing the Bábí Faith. [about]
- Gobineau's Account of the Beginnings of the Bahá'í Revelation, by Howard B. Garey, in World Order, 31:4 (2000). Short summary of the Bab's time in Shiraz and Mecca, circa 1843. [about]
- Gobineau, Joseph Arthur de, by Calmard Jean, in Encyclopaedia Iranica, Volume 11 (2003). Brief excerpt, with link to article offsite. [about]
- Les religions et les philosophies dans l'asie centrale, by Joseph Arthur Gobineau (1866). A lengthy early account of Babi history by French Orientalist and diplomat Comte de Gobineau, who served as France's envoy to Iran in 1855-1863. [about]
- Les religions et les philosophies dans l'asie centrale (continued), by Joseph Arthur Gobineau (1866). Due to size, this book was split in two for this online edition. See part 1. [about]