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Peter Smith traces the development of the Baha'i faith from its roots in the Babi movement of mid-nineteenth century Iran, through the lives and work of its prophet-founder, Baha'u'llah (1817-92), and his successors, to its contemporary emergence as a worldwide religion. • Explores the textual sources for Baha'i belief and practice, theology and anthropology and understanding of other religions. • Covers the concept of the spiritual path, the faith's law and administration and aspects of community life. • Examines the Baha'i's social teachings and activities in the wider world
About the Author
Peter Smith is Chairman of the Social Sciences Division, Mahidol University International College, Bangkok. He is author of several books in the field of Baha'i studies including The Bahá'í Faith: A Short History, 2nd edition (1999) and A Concise Encyclopedia of the Bahá'í Faith, 2nd edition (2002).