Baha’u’llah’s Seclusion in Kurdistan

ABN NEWS – Historians have always experienced difficulty in reconstructing the precise nature of the events that led to Bahá’u’lláh’s two-year retirement to Iraqi Kurdistan (1854-1856). Accounts of His daily life in that region also remain, for the most part, sketchy.

Much of this ambiguity may be due to two distinct factors. First, until recently few scholarly attempts were made to provide a clear and concise picture of the events surrounding Bahá’u’lláh’s decision to withdraw from the Bábí community of Baghdád. Second, most of what is known today about Bahá’u’lláh’s stay in Kurdistan relies either on His own personal accounts or on inferences made from His works penned during that period. None of Bahá’u’lláh’s followers shared His self-imposed exile and, consequently, no comprehensive history of those days is left to posterity. However, recent publication of several scholarly works have paved the way toward shedding more light on this rather obscure period in Bahá’í history. The purpose of this paper is to draw upon these new sources and present a logical framework for a better understanding of this significant phase in the metamorphosis of the Bábí religion into the Bahá’í Faith.

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