|1865 (In the year)
||Mírzá Kazem-Beg of St Petersburg University published Bab Babidy, the first Western book written entirely on the subject of the Bábí religion. [BBR26]
||St Petersburg; Russia
||Babi studies; Mirza Kazem-Beg; First publications
|1875 (In the year)
||`Abdu'l-Bahá wrote The Mysterious Forces of Civilization, a treatise on the establishment of a just, progressive and divinely-based government. [SDCV]
It was lithographed in Bombay in 1882. It was first published in English under the title The Mysterious Forces of Civilization in London in 1910. [SDCV] It was re-issued in 1918 and later translated as The Secret of Divine Civilization by Marzieh Gail and published by the Bahá'í Publishing Trust in Wilmette in 1957.
Shoghi Effendi called it `Abdu'l-Bahá's outstanding contribution to the future reorganization of the world'. [WOB37]
||Akka; Mumbai (Bombay); India
||Secret of Divine Civilization (book); Publishing; Publications; First Publications; Reform; Iran; Abdul-Baha, Life of; Abdul-Baha, Writings and talks of; Abdul-Baha, Basic timeline; - Basic timeline, Expanded
|1882 - 1883
||Bahá'í books were published for the first time, in Bombay and Cairo by the Násirí Press. The Bombay publishing house was run by Mírzá Ibrahím (a son of Hájí Abu'l-Qásim, the brother of the wife of the Báb) [GPB195; SA250; Momen-Jamal Effendi]
||Mumbai (Bombay); India; Cairo; Egypt
||Bahai literature; Publishing; Publications; First publications; Business
|1891 (In the year)
||In Bombay, on the instructions of Bahá'u'lláh, the Kitáb-i-Aqdas was published for the first time. [SA250]
It was published in Arabic. [SA250]
||Mumbai (Bombay); India
||Kitab-i-Aqdas (Most Holy Book); Publishing; Publications; First publications; Bahaullah, Writings of; Bahaullah, Life of
|1891 (In the year)
||A Traveller's Narrative was published in two volumes by the Cambridge University Press. [BBD226; EGB55]
It is an historical account written by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá around 1886 and first published anonymously in Persian in 1890. This English translation was prepared by Professor Edward G. Browne.
|Cambridge; United Kingdom
||Travelers Narrative (book); Publications; First publications
|1899 (In the year)
||The Serpent by Thornton Chase, an 18-page pamphlet on the image of the serpent in the Bible, was published in Chicago. This was probably the first published essay written by an American Bahá'í. [BFA2:26]
||Chicago; United States
||Thornton Chase; First publications; Publications
|1900 or 1897
||Tablets, Communes and Holy Utterances, a collection of writings by Bahá'u'lláh, was published in the United States. [BFA2:26]
It was the first prayer book and first compilation of Bahá'í writings published in the West. [BFA2:26]
It was probably translated by Anton Haddad and published by the Behais Supply and Publishing Board. [BFA2:26]
Collins gives the date as 1897. [BEL4.277]
||Chicago; United States
||Compilations; Prayer texts; Anton Haddad; Publications; Publishing Trusts; First publications
|1901 (In the year)
||Arthur Pillsbury Dodge published his book The Truth of It, the first introductory book on the Bahá'í Faith written by a Western believer. [BFA2:93; BEL7.820]
||Arthur Pillsbury Dodge; Introductory; First publications; Publications
|1905 (In the year)
||A.L.M. Nicolas published his book Seyyed Ali dit le Bab. It was the first work by a western author dedicated entirely to the Báb.
It is "(a) history of the Bábí movement up to 1852. Nicolas gives a list of sources for this book on pp. 48-53. It is interesting to note that among his oral sources are four of the leading Bahá'ís of that period, who had been designated by Bahá'u'lláh as 'Hands of the Cause': Mírzá 'Alí-Muhammad, 'Ibn-i-Asdaq: Mullá 'Al-Akbar-i-Sháhmírzádí, Hají Akhund; Mírzá Muhammad-Táqíy-i-Abharí, 'Ibn-i-Abhar; and Mírzá Hasan-i-Adíb.
The other two oral sources named are Siyyid 'Ismu'lláh, who was presumably Siyyid Mihdíy-i-Dihají, and Mírzá Yahyá, Subh-i-Azál."
The preamble to his book has an image that is supposedly of the Báb, but the portrait does not seem to be an authentic representation.
William Miller also reproduced Nicolas’s image on page 17 of his polemical work, The Bahá'í Faith: Its History and Teachings. (South Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 1974). [‘The Bab in the World of Images’, Bahá'í Studies Review, vol. 19, June 2013, 171–90.]
See also WOB83 for other missionaries who wrote polemics against the Bahá'í Faith.
||Bab, Writings of; A.L.M. Nicolas; Criticism and apologetics; William McElwee Miller; Babi studies; First publications; Publications
(New York) Bahá'í Bulletin Published September, 1908 to May 1909 (5 issues)
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Volume 1, Issues 1
Volume 1, Issues 2 and 3
Volume 1, Issue 4
Volume 1, Issue 5
Volume 1, Issue 6
The Bahá'í Bulletin was succeeded a year later by the Bahá'í News which subsequently became Star of the West a year after that. [BWNS1289] See 1910 21 March
|New York; United States
||Bahai Bulletin; Bahai News; - Periodicals; First publications; Publications; BWNS
|1910 21 Mar
||The first issue of the Bahá'í News was published in Chicago. [BFA2:XVII; BW10:179; BWNS1289]
See BFA2:320–2, BW8:927 and SBBH1:116–17 for the magazine's development.
It is the first Bahá'í magazine published in the West. [BBD2 14]
Star of the West is published as Bahá'í News (Volume 1, Issues 1-19 from 21 March, 1910 until 2 March, 1911) and later under Star of the West /The Bahá'í Magazine (Volume 2 to Volume 25, 21 March, 1911 until 25 March,1935).
Its editors were Albert Windust and Gertrude Buikema. Others involved with its publication over its history were Albert and Emily Vail, Dr. Zia Baghdadi, Ahmad Sohrab, Edna M. True; with Horace Holley and Stanwood Cobb being singled out as early contributors. [Duane Troxel]
For an access to the Star of the West archives see http://www.starofthewest.info. This site is not searchable.
|Chicago; United States
||Star of the West; Bahai News; - Periodicals; First publications; Publications; BWNS
|1912 In the year
||The first publication of the book that has come to be titled Paris Talks initially called Talks by Abdul Baha Given in Paris. Prior to this, in the autumn of 1911, Mornings Spent with Abdul Baha Abbas in London and Paris had been published which, of course, did not include information from His visit the following year.
In 1924 the title was changed to The Wisdom of Abdul Baha from Addresses delivered in Paris 1910-1911. Talks by Abdul Baha Given in Paris...with supplementary historical note and introduction was printed in 1936 with the following editions starting in 1945 using the title that is currently used Paris Talks: Addresses Given by 'Abdu'l-Bahá in Paris in 1911-1912
Counting the initial publication, there have been 19 editions in English including one in Braille and an audio recording. In addition, there have been multiple editions in some 25 other languages. ['Abdu'l-Bahá in France 1911 to 1913 p726-730]
||Paris Talks (book); First publications; Publications; Translation
|1917 (in the year)
||The news magazine, Khurshid-i khavar (Sun of the East) commenced publication. [BWNS1289]
||Khurshid-i khavar (Sun of the East); - Periodicals; First publications; Publications; BWNS
|1919. 18 Nov
||The periodical entitled "The Magazine of the Children of the Kingdom" was published and distributed by Miss Ella Roberts from 1919 to 1924. [Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America: Native American creation stories,
edited by Rosemary Skinner Keller, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Marie Cantlon p.782-783]
The story of the naming of the magazine...
See A Compilation on Bahá’í Education #96 for a tablet by 'Abdu'l-Bahá to the children of the Bahá’í school, Urbana, Illinois found here.
See A Compilation on Bahá’í Education #102 for a tribute to the magazine by Shoghi Effendi found here. He called it "first and only organ of the Bahá’í youth throughout the world".
At the American National Convention in 1925 (July 4 - 9) it was reported that "The Magazine of the Children of the Kingdom", edited by Ella Roberts and "Bahá’í World Fellowship" edited by Mrs. Victoria Bedikian had merged. ["Bahá’í News Letter" #6 Jul-Aug 1925 p.6]
Margaret Randall told of the establishment of a Bahá'í Junior Magazine and asked 'Abdu'l-Bahá for a name for it. The Master was told who had charge of it, and His face lighted up with a beautiful smile as He said: "The name is The Magazine of the Children of the Kingdom. Who writes it? This (name) is suitable for it. [WHR128-129]
|Haifa; United States
||Magazine of the Children of the Kingdom; Children; Youth; - Periodicals; Publications; First publications
|1921 (In the year)
||A journal called Bahá'í News started publishing in English and Persian. [BWNS1289]
||Bahai News; - Periodicals; First publications; Publications; BWNS
||Two Bahá'í publications began, Sonne der Wahrheit, meaning Sun of Truth, and Wirklichkeit, meaning Reality. [BWNS1289; German Bahá'í website archive]
||Sonne der Wahrheit (Sun of Truth); Wirklichkeit (Reality); - Periodicals; First publications; Publications; BWNS
|1922 (In the year)
||Akhbar-i-Amri, a publication whose name means "News of the Cause" began in Iran.
||Akhbar-i-Amri (News of the Cause); - Periodicals; Newsletters; First publications; Publications; BWNS
|1923 (In the year)
||The Dawn began publishing in Burma, in Burmese, English, and Persian.
||Dawn, The (newsletter); - Periodicals; Newsletters; First publications; Publications; BWNS
|1923 12 Feb
||Bahai Scriptures, edited by Horace Holley, was published. [SBR231; BEL4.71-4.72]
It was the first comprehensive collection of Bahá'í writings made thus far in English. [SBR231]
||New York; United States
||Horace Holley; Bahai Scriptures (book); Publications; First publications
|1924 24 Dec
||The first Bahá'í News Letter, forerunner of Bahá'í News, was published in New York by the National Assembly of the United States and Canada with Horace Holley as the editor. [BBRSM122; BW10:180; BW13:856; SBR232]
For links to the publications see entry at 1990-10-00.
||New York; United States
||Newsletters; Bahai News; Horace Holley; Publications; First publications; - Periodicals
||Bertram Dewing began publication of the Bahá’í magazine Herald of the South in Auckland. [BEL174; SBR163; BWNS1289]
||Auckland; New Zealand
||Herald of the South (magazine); - Periodicals; First publications; Publications; BWNS
|1926 (In the year)
||The Bahá’í World was first published. [BW1:4; GT77; PP209; SBR232; BWNS1289]
The first edition, April 1925 to April 1926, was called The Bahá’í Yearbook.
For Shoghi Effendi’s impression of it see UD82–4.
This marked a new stage in the capacity of the Bahá'í community to provide reports and statistics, capture experience from diverse countries, and disseminate important insights and analyses. Each edition covered the progress of the international Bahá'í community over a defined period.
||Bahai World volumes; First publications; Publications; - Periodicals; BWNS
||World Order magazine was founded. [SBR236; BWNS1289]
The publication included essays, poems, personal recollections, and historical pieces. The periodical brought together into one volume works by scholars, poets, artists, and practitioners from various fields of endeavour. The first volume also included excerpts from a letter by Shoghi Effendi titled "The Goal of a New World Order."
There was a break in publication from 1949 to 1966. [Bahá'í Works]
PDFs of most volumes are available for downloading from the Bahá'í Works website.
||World Order magazine; - Periodicals; First publications; Publications; BWNS
||The inaugural publication of One Country, the newsletter of the Bahá'í International Community. It was a publication of the Office of Public Information of the Bahá'í International Community in New York. The periodical reported mainly on activities of the worldwide Bahá'í community in relation to issues of sustainable development, peace and world order, human rights, and the advancement of women. [BW'86-‘92 p.539]
||New York; United States
||One Country (magazine); Newsletters; Bahai International Community; First publications; Publications; - Periodicals
||One Country, the newsletter of the Bahá'í International Community, started publication in five other languages - French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and German. The first French language edition of the publication was launched in Paris in October, 1989. Each issue contained two or three in-depth feature stories on the United Nations, noteworthy social and economic development projects, environmental efforts or educational programs, along with an editorial that addresses world problems from a Bahá'í point of view.
||Bahai International Community; One Country (magazine); First publications; Newsletters; Publications
|2000 (In the year)
||The Baha'i World News Service began publishing online, picking up the reins of the former Baha'i International News Service which was a biweekly printed newsletter.
In 2018 the BWNS began providing podcasts and in subsequent months, in addition to English and Persian, stories were be made available in Spanish and French. [BWNS1289]
||Bahai World News Service (BWNS); Newsletters; First publications; Publications; BWNS