A Concise Encyclopedia of the Baha'i Faith (Concise by Peter Smith

By Peter Smith

This entire and succinct encyclopedia lines the origins and improvement of the BahNB'! religion from nineteenth-century Iran to the fashionable day, overlaying its principal figures and significant historic occasions.

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Sen o b ARR 1 12. been secret BiMsIRahi'is, and t o have THE MATERNAL FAMILY protected Bibis and Bahi'is from persecution (ARR 118-19; BKG 403-4). The Bib's mother, Fitimih Bagum, had Other cousins of the Bib's were Mirzi three brothers: (1) Hiji Mirzi Sayyid Muhammad (d. 1876), Kha'l-i-akbar (the 'Ali-Akbar, a close associate of the Bibi leader DAYYAN, and Hhji Mirzi Zaynu'l'Greatest Uncle'), the recipient of the bidi in, who married Zahri Bagum, the ~ita'h-i-~QAN, who became a believer sister of,the B i F wife.

At Ashraf 'Abdu'l-Bahb's direction or with his encouragement, a varicty of local counName of two Bahi'i martyrs in Iran. cils in various parts of the world were (1)SAYYID ('AL~-)ASHRAPOF ZANJAN formcd from thc 1890s onwards. These (from He was also called Ashrafu'sh-shuhada' included assemblies at ASHKHABAD 189516) and Tehran (from 189719); and (the 'Noblest of Martyrs'). A son of one 'Council Boards' and other bodies in of the martyrs of ZANJAN, he became a several American cities (1899-1900).

Union were finally relaxed, the AshkhaBahi'u'llih called for the establishbad Bahi'i nsscmbly was the first to ment of MOUSES or;jus~lcein every city to reform (1989). Lee. 'Rise'; MBBR 29&300, 473; administer Rahi'i affairs, calling upon Mamen, 'Baho't community'; SBBR 91, 173. their members to be 'the trusted ones of the Merciful', and to meet together as if in the presence of God (KA 29 k30). At Ashraf 'Abdu'l-Bahb's direction or with his encouragement, a varicty of local counName of two Bahi'i martyrs in Iran.

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