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By Shua Ullah Behai, Eric Stetson

A heritage of the relations of Mirza Husayn Ali Baha'u'llah (d. 1892) instructed from their very own standpoint. those are these Baha'i relations of Baha'u'llah whom Abbas Effendi 'Abdu'l-Baha made Covenant Breakers and ostracized from the higher Baha'i sect. This booklet is the 1st of its variety and a huge ancient record.

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A Lost History is a new and vital resource with which Baha’is may pursue such an investigation about some of the most important people and issues in their religious tradition—the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of Baha’- u’llah, and their sincere and passionate arguments with each other about the meaning and message of the faith they so intimately knew and shared. A third reason for my involvement as editor of this book is a more personal one. Over the past few years I have become friends with Negar Bahai Emsallem, a great-granddaughter of Baha’u’llah who lives in Haifa, Israel.

She is the person who provided me with the documents that have never before been seen by the public—not even by anyone outside of her immediate family. I first contacted Mrs. Bahai in 2010, after I saw her interviewed in a controversial Israeli film about the Baha’i faith called Baha’is In My Backyard, and I was curious to speak with a descendant of one of the ostracized members of Baha’u’llah’s family to learn more about their point of view. I am honored to count Mrs. Bahai as a friend. I have found her to be a woman of principle, decent, good-natured, kind and unassuming, with an open heart and an open mind.

Other distinguished Baha’i scholars, such as Drs. John and Linda Walbridge, likewise have resigned their membership after being threatened by Baha’i officials for seeking greater openness of scholarly dialogue and administrative re8 form of the faith. ” Originally published in The Journalfor the Scientific Study of Religion, Volume 37, No. 2 (June 1998): 234-248. htm 7 Ibid. 8 Dr. John Walbridge is a professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University. His late wife, Dr. Linda Walbridge, served as deputy director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University in the 1990s and taught anthropology at Indiana University.

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