Táríkh-i Hamadán va Rasht

Hamadání, Mírzá Mahdí Tabíb

Táríkh-i Hamadán va Rasht

ALMP 17. Hamadání, Mírzá Mahdí Tabíb, Táríkh Hamadán va Rasht. Although stated to be a Bahá'í history of Hamadan and Rasht, this work is in fact an autobiographical memoir of Mírzá Mahdí, a Jewish physician of Hamadan who became a Bahá'í. He writes of the arrival of the earliest Bahá'í teachers in Hamadan in 1295/1878, in which year he himself was converted. He travelled a great deal living for short periods of time in Tehran and Kirmánshah and to Haifa in 1319/1901 to meet `Abdu'l-Bahá. He moved to Lahiján in 1319/1901 (p. 90), and to Rasht in about 1325/1907 (p. 136). He assisted Hájí Amín in the collection of the Huqúqu'lláh and travelled to Paris to meet `Abdu'l-Bahá. The account ends with martyrdom of Ibtiháj al-Mulk in 1340/1921. Manuscript from the Iranian Bahá'í National Archives sent to Mr Balyuzi. Poor but clear hand-writing with many spelling mistakes (the author just writes words as he pronounced them rather than as they are spelled), 172 pp.

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