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Some aspects of early Bābi doctrine

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The huruf al- hayy were primarily responsible for spreading the claims of the Bab to their fellow-Shaykhis and, to a lesser extent, other Shiis, and we shall have cause to consider their activities in this connection at a later stage. In thus furthering the Bab's claims, they placed considerable emphasis on the writings which he was now beginning to pen in large numbers. According to Zarandi (1831-1892), the first chapter of the tafsir, entitled "Surat al-mulk," was written in the presence of Bushrui on the evening of the Bab's "declaration", although his account gives a curious impression of an extremely long chapter, which the "Surat al-mulk" is not. The Bab himself states in a letter that he completed the writing of the Qayyum al-asma in forty days, although he does not make it clear when he began or ended work on it.

Keywords: BAb; huruf al- hayy; shaykhis; surat al-mulk; zarandi



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