by Juan R. I. Cole, Columbia University Press
This is a pioneering and controversial work that seeks to place
the beginnings of the Bahá'í Faith in their historical
context. An excellent piece of academic writing, it is the first
book published by a university press on the life of Bahá'u'lláh
since the time of
E. G. Browne at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Cole examines Bahá'u'lláh's response to the pressing
issues of his time--which are still the issues of our time: religious
liberty, the separation of church and state, the need for peace
and collective security, the rights of women, the dangers of unbridled
nationalism, and so forth. He demonstrates how the early teachings
of Bahá'u'lláh both engage with and critic modernity.
The is an indispensable book for any scholarly study of Bahá'í
Price: $19.50 paperback