By Peter Smith
This entire and succinct encyclopedia strains the origins and improvement of the BahNB'! religion from nineteenth-century Iran to the fashionable day, masking its significant figures and significant ancient occasions.
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Shoghi Effendi stigmatized him as the ANTICHRIST of the 'Rbbi Revelation' (GPB 164). MBBR 154-6. messenger is only complete by acceptance of what he has revealed and observance of his law (KA 19 Itl; TB 50). This is not a 'mere code of laws', but a 'choice Wine' (KA 21 k5). The laws are 'the breath of life' for 'all created things' (GPB 215), and 'the highest means for the maintenance of order in the world and the security of its peoples' (KA 19 It2). Acceptance of God's messenger requires also acceptance of his laws.
Then, after the death of Muhammad Shih (September 1848), an armed struggle broke out at TABARS~, in which government troops eventually extirpated the Bibi combatants. Other conflicts ensued in 1850, convincing the new chief minister, Mitzi Taqi Khin, AMiR KAB~R, that the whole Bibi movement was a threat to public order, which could best be ended by depriving it of its central focus. Accordingly, the Bib was brought again to Tabriz, and executed in public by a firing squad on 27/28 Sha'bin 126618-9 July 1850.
Throughout his ministry the Bib composed numerous letters, including lettyrs to MUHAMMAD SHAH,Hiji Mirzi AQAS~, and to all the leading clerics in Iran. In addition to his writings the Bib also fashioned many TALISMANS. Browne, ~elections 198-239; GPB 22-7; McS 11-1 03. Babi and Baha'i Studies 1 Academic study of the Bibi and Bahi'i religions. The term 'Bahi'i Studies' has also come to have a wider usage (see below; see also SCHOLARSHIP). TRADITIONAI. B A H A ' ~SCHOLARSHIP Many of the prominent early Iranian Bahi'is were former Shi'i 'ULAMA.
A Concise Encyclopedia of the Baha'i Faith (Concise Encyclopedia of World Faiths) by Peter Smith