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Baha'u' llah was born in Terhran, Iran, in 1817, the son of a wealthy nobleman and landowner. Like the founders of other religions before him, he suffered relentless persecution at the hands of both the clergy and the state in the land of his birth. In 1853 he was exiled to Iraq, and from there the penal colony of Acre in Palestine where he died in 1892, still a prisoner. Despite almost forty years of imprisonment and exile, Baha'u'llah wrote extensively in Persian and Arabic on a broad range of subjects, from theological and philosophical themes to social and ethical issues such as equality of the sexes, harmony of science and religion and the need for unity and a global order. Only a proportion of his works have so far been translated into English, of which 'the hidden words', his greatest ethical work, is perhaps best known.


The adherents of the Baha'i faith number more than four million worldwide, yet most in the West know nothing of the faith or its founder, who died in a prison in Palestine in 1892. Gently focused on the heart's deep relationship with God, convinced of the unity of all religions, and wary of over-involvement in the world's business, Baha'u'llah wrote extensively of his perceptions and insights. This is a new, albeit a bit stilted, translation of what is perhaps the most accessible of his works. Many should find great value in the words of a prophet who asked above all that we should have a "pure, kindly, and radiant heart." For most collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"Couched in majestic prose, this English translation of the book...has made a remarkable contribution to the literature of this genre." * Islamic Studies Journal *

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