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Bahāʾīs [Supplement 2016]

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Author(s): Christopher Buck
Bahāʾīs are the followers of the Bahāʾī religion (known as the “Bahāʾī Faith,” its official name), an independent world religion with Bābī origins within an Islamic matrix and milieu. The Bahāʾī Faith — phenomenologically a doctrinal and social enlargement of the Bābī religion by way of sui generis sacred texts characterised by a more pronounced cosmopolitanism and egalitarianism — was founded by Mīrzā Ḥusayn-ʿAlī Nūrī (1817–92), known as Bahāʾullāh (“Glory of God”; the standard Bahāʾī spelling, Bahā’u’llāh, will be employed throughout this …
Date: 2016-11-17