Gate of the Heart

  • Author: Nader Saiedi
  • Product Code:GHUWB
  • ISBN: 9780920904381
  • Publisher: Association for Baha'i Studies
  • Pages: 432
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  • Weight: 23 oz
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In 1844 a charismatic young Persian merchant from Shiraz, known as the Báb, electrified the Shí'ih world by claiming to be the return of the Hidden Twelfth Imam of Islamic prophecy. But contrary to traditional expectations of apocalyptic holy war, the Báb maintained that the spiritual path was not one of force and coercion but love and compassion. The movement he founded was the precursor of the Bahá'í Faith, but the Báb's own voluminous writings have been seldom studied and often misunderstood. Gate of the Heart offers the first in-depth introduction to the writings of the Báb.

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the author examines the Báb's major works in multifaceted context, explaining the unique theological system, mystical world view, and interpretive principles they embody as well as the rhetorical and symbolic uses of language through which the Báb radically transforms traditional concepts. Arguing that the Bábí movement went far beyond an attempt at an Islamic Reformation, the author explores controversial issues and offers conclusions that will compel a re-evaluation of some prevalent assumptions about the Báb's station, claims, and laws.

Nader Saiedi's meticulous and insightful analysis identifies the key themes, terms, and concepts that characterize each stage of the Báb's writings, unlocking the code of the Báb's mystical lexicon. Gate of the Heart is a subtle and profound textual study and an essential resource for anyone wishing to understand the theological foundations of the Bahá'í religion and the Báb's significance in religious history.

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Gate of The Heart

Review by Lucinda on 10/3/2023

This is a book of the Writings of the Bab. Dr. Saiedi explores many aspects of the Bab's writings and uncovers many hidden gems. These gems reveal the wonders of our life in which the love of our Creator surrounds us. The clarity of the Bab's Words brings new life to the journey we are on and brings tools to support us in finding our way to our Beloved.

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