Rituals in Babism and Baha'ism (Pembroke Persian Papers Series)

Rituals in Babism and Baha'ism (Pembroke Persian Papers Series)

By: Denis Martin MacEoin (author), Charles Melville (foreword_author)Hardback

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Babism and its offshoot Baha'ism first evolved from mainstream Islam in 19th century Iran, in the face of fierce opposition from the Islamic clergy and most Muslims. Because of this, and because European and American converts to Baha'ism found the rituals inappropriate and puzzling, the codes prescribed by the Bab and revised by Baha'Allah were often not put into practice; additionally, many of the early texts on Babism and Baha'ism have until now been unpublished and are therefore unknown. This comprehensive account in English of the religious rituals and practices of Babish and Baha'ism provides detailed descriptions of such practices as prayer, pilgrimage, the use of talismen, ritual purity, birth marriage and death, festivals and fasting. Including translations of key passages from Arabic and Persian texts, this study will be of interest to all those concerned with comparative religions and the history of Islam.


Part 1 Introduction: Islamic ritual. Part 2 Babi ritual observances: early ritual; later Babi ritual - prayer (salat), invocations, supererogatory prayers, and reading of scriptural texts, talismans, rings, engraved stones and tattoos, fasting (sawm, siyam), pilgrimage (haji and ziyara), ritual purity and impurity, rites of birth, death and marriage, festivals, rites connected with him whom God shall manifest (man yuzhiruhu 'llah), ritualism in scriptural texts; Babi ritual practice. Part 3 Baha'i ritual observances: "salat" and associated observances - salat, wudu', qibla, sundry regulations; other salats, invocations, supererogatory prayers, reading of scriptural texts, and salutations; talismans and rings; fasting (sawm, siyam); pilgrimage (haji and ziyara); ritual purity and impurity; rites of birth, death and marriage; festivals; the 19-day feast; the "Mashriq al-adhkar"; dress; Baha'i ritual practice; appendices.

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  • ISBN13: 9781850436546
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9781850436546
  • ISBN10: 1850436541

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