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FOREWORD, by J.A. McLean xiii
PREFACE TO THE GERMAN EDITION (1995) xxi
PREFACE TO THE ENGLISH EDITION (2000) xxiii
PART I: METHODOLOGY
CHAPTER 1 OVERVIEW 15
I. The limits of religious knowledge 15
II. ‘Critical literature’ 18
III. The renegade as researcher 27
IV. The origins of the conflict 30
CHAPTER 2 ON FICICCHIA’S METHODOLOGY 36
I. Opportunism—the supreme principle of the Bahá’í Faith? 37
II. Ficicchia’s standpoint 40
III. Ficicchia’s portraits of the founding figures 56
1. The Báb 56
2. Bahá’u’lláh 58
IV. Ficicchia’s portrait of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá 73
V. The portrait of Shoghi Effendi 90
VI. Ficicchia’s distorted image of the Bahá’í community 102
VII. Ficicchia’s semantics 119
VIII. The Bahá’ís—sectarian escapists and dangerous extremists?126
1. On the charge of ‘unworldly isolation’ 126
2. On the charge of subversion 135
PART II: COMMUNITY AND DOCTRINE
CHAPTER 3 FICICCHIA’S PORTRAIT OF THE COMMUNITY
AND ITS ORDER 141
I. The background: the Protestant concept of law 142
II. Ficicchia’s critique of the order of the Bahá’í community and its foundations 149
1. The Universal House of Justice — not foreseen by Bahá’u’lláh? 149
2. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s testament—disputed? 152
3. The Guardianship—a dictatorship? 154
4. On the alleged ‘doctrinal legislation’ by the Universal House of Justice 158
5. The community: a ‘steward of the grace’? 160
6. Shoghi Effendi charged with having prevented the establishment of the Universal House of Justice 164
7. On the subject of infallibility 166
8. Freedom to teach—teaching authority 194
9. Prepublication review—a censorship? 209
10. Forbidden books? 213
11. Freedom of expression prohibited? 214
12. Criticism prohibited? 219
13. Covenant-breaking and excommunication 224
14. ‘Tricks’ and ‘the pressure of the plan’
in missionary activities? 238
15. ‘Complete renunciation of Christian beliefs’? 243
16. The community—anti-democratic, centralist, secular? 245
17. Ficicchia’s (mis)judgement of the Bahá’í community 254
CHAPTER 4 FICICCHIA’S PRESENTATION OF BAHÁ’Í DOCTRINE 260
I. On the concept of revelation 260
II. On the station of Bahá’u’lláh 262
III. On the Bahá’í doctrine of grace 267
IV. On the Bahá’í concept of human nature 273
V. On claims to absoluteness and exclusiveness 276
VI. Emphatically rationalist, hostile to science, and esoteric, all at once? 289
VII. On the concept of liberty 301
CHAPTER 5 FICICCHIA’S PORTRAYAL OF BAHÁ’Í LAW 317
I. The Law: A provocation 317
II. Suppression and dissimulation of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas? 322
III. Difficulties of publication 329
1. Previous publications and translations 331
2. On the Royal Asiatic Society’s English-language edition of 1961 334
3. Problems of producing an authentic translation 337
4. On the nature of divine legislation 338
IV. Specific issues 352
1. Taqíyya—a law of Bahá’u’lláh? 352
2. The Kitáb-i-Aqdas—a sketchy ‘framework’? 362
3. The sacred texts—falsified, interpolated? 369
V. Some corrections regarding the content of particular laws 385
1. On ritual daily prayer 385
2. On the cut of the hair 390
3. Bahá’í holy days and the Mashriqu’l-Adhkár 393
VI. Corrections of other distortions 396
1. On the dogmatic foundation of the law 396
2. On the balance between justice and love 398
3. A casuist system of ethics? 403
4. A rigorous religious law? 409
VII. On the nature of the law of God 411
CHAPTER 6 BAHÁ’Í POLITICAL THOUGHT 418
I. The Bahá’í community: authoritarian and antidemocratic? 420
1. The Bahá’í Faith—‘political Mahdism’? 421
2. A ‘claim to total power’ or fulfilment of
eschatological prophecy? 424
3. The need for peace 427
4. A centralist global state? 432
5. The eschatological realm of peace 435
6. Claim to power or service to humanity? 440
7. ‘Total possession taken of the individual’? 444
II. Bahá’u’lláh—royalist and hostile to liberty? 446
1. Bahá’u’lláh’s statements concerning kingship 448
2. A power political alliance between church and state? 451
3. Non-violent neutrality or partisanship? 453
4. Universalism versus nationalism 454
5. Justified ‘opposition’ or persecution of a non-violent religious minority? 457
III. On the way to a new type of politics 464
1. The concept of politics in Bahá’í scripture 465
2. Loyalty to state authority 468
3. Bahá’í elections: a non-partisan form of democratic appointment of government 470
4. A new model for political decision-making 473
5. Responsibility for the world we live in 476
PART III: HISTORICAL ISSUES
CHAPTER 7 PROBLEMS OF RESEARCH IN THE FIELD OF RELIGIOUS HISTORY 481
CHAPTER 8 FICICCHIA’S SOURCES 492
I. Kitáb-i-Nuqt.atu’l-Káf and Táríkh-i-Jadíd 496
1. Kitáb-i-Nuqt.atu’l-Káf 500
2. Táríkh-i-Jadíd 513
II. Hasht Bihisht 522
CHAPTER 9 FICICCHIA’S EUROPEAN SOURCES 529
I. The orientalist Edward Granville Browne 529
II. The Protestant minister Hermann Römer 546
1. Römer’s presentation: its structure and influence on later works 551
2. Römer’s portrayal of Bábí and Bahá’í history 554
3. Römer’s interpretation of Bábí/Bahá’í doctrine 559
CHAPTER 10 SOME ASPECTS OF BÁBÍ AND BAHÁ’Í HISTORY 571
I. Mahdi claim and messianic secret 571
1. Ficicchia’s sources 572
2. The messianic secret 579
3. The religious and political background 579
4. The eschatological expectations of heterodox Shí‘a Islam 583
5. The Báb’s claim 586
II. Bahá’u’lláh’s claims 598
1. The prophecy concerning the advent of Man yuz.hiruhu’lláh 601
2. Two alleged proofs of the supremacy of Mírzá Yahyá in Baghdád 605
3. On the dating of Bahá’u’lláh’s declaration 610
III. Mírzá Yahyá Azal 618
IV. Mírzá Yahyá as head of the Bábís and opponent of Bahá’u’lláh 631
V. The cases of murder and attempted murder 650
1. The murder of Dayyán 652
2. The murder of three Azalís in ‘Akká 657
3. The attempted murders committed by Mírzá Yahyá in Edirne 667
VI. On the question of schism 671
CHAPTER 11 THE WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ‘ABDU’L-BAHÁ 674
I. The forgery theory 678
II. The religious and historical background 680
III. On the content of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Will and Testament 687
IV. The appointment of Shoghi Effendi as ‘Guardian of the Faith’—a historical overview 705
V. The inventor of the forgery theory and her epigones 724
VI. The arguments concerning style and content 735
VII. The graphological assessment 744
VIII. The ideological reasons for rejecting the Will and Testament 753
IX. On the logical structure and stringency of the arguments 763
X. Conclusion 774
INDEX OF NAMES 827
GENERAL INDEX 836
|LC Classifications||BP365 .S355 2002|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xxiv, 862 p.|
|Number of Pages||862|
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