Trial of the Báb:
compiled by Denis MacEoin
|Key to sources:
RS: Rawdat al-safa-yi Nasiri (Hidayat)
NT: Nasikh al-tawarikh (Sipihr)
MBA: Miftah bab al-abwab (Za'im al-Dawla)
FB: Fitna-yi Bab/al-Mutanabbiyyin (I'tidad al-Saltana)
AKh: Letter of Mirza Aslan Khan
NK: Nuqtat al-kaf (Kashani)
AH: Abwab al-huda (Hashtrudi in Mu'in al-Saltana)
B: Nabil's Narrative/Dawnbreakers (Zarandi)
# Answer NN RS NT MBA FB AKh NK AH DB Totl 1 `God [gave me x x x x x 5 this title]' 2 `These verses are x x x x x x 6 from God' 3 `They are my x x x x x x 6 writings' 4 `Like the x x x x1 x2 x3 6 revelation of words from the Tree on Sinai' 5 Quotes `I am the x x x x4 x x 6 City of Knowledge, `Ali is its Gate' 6 `I am that person x x x x x x x x5 x 9 you have awaited for 1000 years' 7 `I am not x x 2 permitted [to produce heirlooms]' 8 `I am the Gate of x x 2 adoration' 9 `I shall cause a x 1 verse to descend on this staff' 10 Verse about staff x x x 3 11 `40,000 `ulama x x 2 will reject him' 12 `Or 4,000' x x 2 13 `Light from x x x 3 Burning Bush that of one of Shi'a' 14 `I have not x 1 studied fiqh' 15 `I have not x x x x x 5 studied medicine' 16 `My name is x x x 3 numerically equivalent to rabb' 17 `Praise be to x x x x x6 x7 6 God....' (with fatha on samawat) 18 `And he made the x 1 sun and moon' (with kasra on shin) 19 `I have not x x x 3 studied astrology' 20 `I have not x 1 studied grammar' 21 `I studied x x x x 4 grammar as a child but have forgotten it' 22 `He should begin x 1 with two (rak'as) 23 `I have not x 1 studied nahw' 24 `I have written x 1 ten times the bulk of the S|ahifa...' 25 `I can write x x x x x8 5 1,000/2,000/10,000 verses per day' 26 `Blessings be x x x 3 upon you'9 27 `You are Haji x x 2 Mulla Mahmud' 28 `Identical with x x 2 the Essence' 29 `I have not x x 2 studied hikmat' 30 `One third is x10 x x x 4 half of a fifth' 31 `I have not x 1 studied arithmetic 32 `My name is `Ali x x x 3 Muhammad etc.'11 33 `To reply to such x 1 questions needs another time & place' 34 `You are well x 1 informed about different religions'12 35 `Light on Sinai x x 2 was my light'
2 Said by Bab and Nizam al-'Ulama.
4 Bab al-'ilm.
5 In Arabic as: Ana 'l-Qa'im alladhI kuntum bihi muntazirun.
8 Expressed as 'Within the space of two days and two nights, I declare Myself able to reveal verses of such magnitiude as will equal the whole of the Qur'an' (p. 317).
9 To Nizam al-'Ulama
10 Different wording.
11 The Bab's age as given in this passage is 35, which is about six years out. This passage is omitted in al-Mutanabbi'In.
12 To the grandfather of Za'Im al-Dawla.
13 Appears as a question (see questions table).
14 Said by Bab and Nizam al-'Ulama.
16 Bab al-'ilm.
17 In Arabic as: Ana 'l-Qa'im alladhi kuntum bihi muntazirun.
20 Expressed as `Within the space of two days and two nights, I declare Myself able to reveal verses of such magnitiude as will equal the whole of the Qur'an' (p. 317).
21 To Nizam al-'Ulama
22 Different wording.
23 The Bab's age as given in this passage is 35, which is about six years out. This passage is omitted in al-Mutanabbi'in.
24 To the grandfather of Za'im al-Dawla.