Iran Press Watch is pleased to learn that the first two volumes of Mirza Asadu’llah Fadil Mazandarani’s magisterial history, titled Tarikh Zuhuru’l-Haqq, have been typed, edited and annotated by Adel Shafipour and published online. Mr. Shafipour has given permission to Iran Press Watch to host these two volumes.
Mazandarani was a profoundly learned Baha’i of the time of Abdu’l-Baha and Shoghi Effendi. He composed and published several dozens of books that are of immense interest to scholars of the Babi and Baha’i movements. Among his projects was a 9-volume series on the history of these twin movements, which he commenced during Abdu’l-Baha’s ministry and completed in the 1950s prior to his passing. This unique record of the events associated with the rise and establishment of the Babi-Baha’i community was based almost exclusively on primary source documents (i.e. eyewitness accounts) and other solid documentation, and represents the largest single writing project of these two religions.
Of the 9 volumes, only volume 3 has previously been published in print. There is an e-version available on H-Bahai, but this version is a scan photocopy and is quite inferior to the completely re-typed and annotated version. Mr. Shafipour is continuing his work and over time all 9 volumes will be made available online in this form.
Since these volumes represent a peerless documentation of the trials and persecution of the Baha’i community of Iran, they are being posted at this site as a way of fleshing out our academic records.
Mr. Shafipour is warmly thanked for this singular contribution to the field of the Babi-Baha’i scholarship. His project can be accessed at: http://adelsh09.googlepages.com/home