From Babism to Baha’ism

In my article, ‘ The Babi Concept of Holy War‘ ( Religion 12,
93-129), I demonstrated a number of ways in which the essentially millenarian movement of Babism exploited existing Islamic legislation relating to the waging of religious warfare ( jihad) together with various chiliastic motifs to justify its militant opposition to the civil and ecclesiastical status quo of nineteenth-century Iran. I indicated then that my analysis of the roots of Babi militancy might ‘also provide a basis for a later discussion of the dynamics of the transformation which took place from the 1860s from Babism to Baha’ism’, and it is my intention in the present article to undertake that discussion.


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