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, adherents of the new religion which was founded by Bahāʾ Allāh [q.v.], and of which the forerunner, according to Bahāʾī doctrine, was the Bāb [q.v.]. The foremost authority on the Bahāʾī religion, and its disseminator in Europe and America, was ʿAbbās Efendī, the eldest son of the founder, better known among the Bahāʾīs as ʿAbd al-Bahāʾ (Servant of Bahāʾ). Born on 23 May 1844 at Tehran, he accompanied his father on his journeys and in his exile, and at his death was recognised by the great majority of the Bahāʾīs as t…

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Bausani, A., “Bahāʾīs”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 15 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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