By Mírzá Abú'l Fadl Gulpaygání, Translated by Juan R. I. Cole
Here are collected the letters and scholarly treatises of Mírzá
Abú'l Fadl, famed as the greatest and most learned of all
Bahá'í scholars. Included are commentaries, essays
and correspondence written in Iran, Russia and Egypt over a period
of almost thirty years.
The letters written from 1886-1888, in Southwestern Iran, are among
the few documents which throw light on Abú'l Fadl's early
Bahá'í career. Also available for the first time in
English is "A Treatise for Alexander Tumansky," written
for the noted orientalist--a major work which provides an invaluable
summary of the life of Bahá'u'lláh, as well as unique
information on the controversial histories Táríkh-i
Jadíd and Naqtatu'l-Káf. There is the courageous defense
of the Bahá'í Faith that Abú'l Fadl was able
to publish in the Egyptian press, the first article of its kind.
And finally, the letters collected from the last years of his life
that show his scholarship at its most profound and most mature.
The startling modernity of Abú'l Fadl's thought is as challenging
today as it was when first written. This book is required reading
for any serious student of the Bahá'í religion.
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