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The Baha’i Faith

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1. The Islamic Background

2. The Manifestation of the Bab

3. Babi Uprisings and the Execution of the Bab

4. The Doctrines and Decrees of the Bab

5. The Vicegerency of Subh-i-Azal

6. The Schism between Subh-i-Azal and Baha

7. The Manifestation of Baha'u'llah

8. The Doctrines and Decrees of Baha'u'llah

9. The Rule of Abdu'l-Bah

10. The Baha'i Faith Goes West and East

11. The Teachings and Will of Abdu'l-Baha

12. The Guardianship of Shoghi Efendi: Organization of the Cause

13. The Guardianship of Shoghi Efendi: Losses and Gains

14. The Rule of the People


Appendix I Translation of the Al-Kitab Al-Aqdas

Appendix II Documents Supplied by Jelal Azal


Format: Paperback
The Baha’i Faith
Its History and Teaching
William McElwee Miller

This book is a breath of fresh air. There are millions of adherents to the Bahai Faith. Mr. Miller provides insight and primary sources giving the reader information about the history of the Baha'i Faith. Where the official and authorized Baha'i histories are sanitized and revised. Mr. Miller, who lived for years in Iran and fluent in Parsi, provides access to the westerner into events occurring during the early years of this world religion.

The reader learns about the initial prophetic voices of the Bab and Baha'u'llah and the followers that founded the Bahai Faith after their deaths. The author explains the transformational shifts and unbelievable history of the Baha'is. Why did the early writings appear to be create a "society" or "philosophy" and later suddenly the community was touted as a "world religion"? Why are there are 7 Baha'i sects? Each exodus occurring when internal power struggles resulted in a few achieving greater control. Why do Baha'is work so hard to control their memberships contActs and reading material? Why do Baha'is shun those who leave, considering anyone not fully supportive of the Baha'i religion "spiritual poison?"

After reading this book it should be clear to the reader. Due to the historical accuracy of the book's fActs and the author's position as a Protestant Missionary to an Islamic country, not all readers will be satisfied. Some will be offended those most likely the adherents who don't want the truth to come to light. Some will be offended because the author was a Protestant Missionary. Nevertheless, any serious student of world religions will be grateful to have his contributions on record to the history of the Baha'is.


  • No serious student of the Baha'i faith, tradition, and communi­ty can afford to overlook this significant work.
    T. Cuyler YoungGarrett Professor of Persian Language and History, Emeritus, Princeton University
  • An authoritative and readable work compiled by one who has had intimate acquaintance with the subject.
    Rev. Cady H. AllenMissionary of the Presbyterian Church in Iran for 44 years
  • This brings together for the first time many of the little known events and incidents which focus the light of history upon the beginnings of the faith Baha'u'llah proclaimed for this era.
    Warren WebsterAuthor and Lecturer on Islam
  • The first standard book on the subject.
    Dr. William N. WyshamAuthor, Editor, Lecturer on World Religions

Additional Details

  • Pages: 468
  • Publisher: William Carey Publishing
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publish Year: 2000
  • ISBN: 9780878081370
  • Vendor: William Carey Library