by Abu'l-Qasim Afnan
Discover the hidden history of the early black believers who served
the Báb, and later, Bahá'u'lláh. From the earliest days of Bahá'í
history, African servants in the holy households were present and
witnessed the new revelation. They served, they protected, they
Included is the story of Haji Mubarak, the Ethiopian servant of
the Báb, who accompanied him on his pilgrimage to Mecca, and who
served and protected Báb's family until his death. Also, the remarkable
story of Isfandiyar--servant of Bahá'u'lláh--who was the only manservant
to remain loyal after Bahá'u'lláh was arrested and imprisoned.
Available for the first time, these are the heroic stories of the
earliest black believers. They are told by the author, a member
of the Báb's family, who draws on the oral histories he heard from
A new foreword places the stories in historical perspective.
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