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The Chosen Path
Tahirih of Persia
And Her Search for God

Hussein Ahdieh &
Hillary Chapman

In 19th century Persia, women were wretchedly oppressed. Even wealthy women were left uneducated, confined to menial tasks, expected to obey the demands and whims of their husbands, and offered almost no choices in life. But in this darkness, one woman stood out and stood up as a force of things to come.

Tahirih of Qazvin, was an educated woman and gifted teacher of religion and philosophy and an accomplished poet. In the vanguard of the new Babi Faith, she brought a deeper understanding of its teachings to a rapidly growing number of followers. Her vibrant poetry gave voice to her spiritual longing and passion, and its freshness reflected the vitality of the new spiritual teachings revealed by the Bab. She emerged as the most outspoken of the Babi leaders. The authorities responded by having her murdered in the dead of night. At the moment of her martyrdom, Tahirih proclaimed "You can kill me..., but you cannot stop the emancipation of women." Tahirih's example has inspired countless women to extraordinary feats.
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Dr. Hussein Ahdieh moved to the USA as a teenager to pursue a Master's Degree in European Intellectual History and a Doctorate in Education. He helped establish the world-renowned Harlem Preparatory School in New York City and was the Director of Higher Educational Programs at Fordham University.

Hillary Chapman earned a Bachelor's Degree in History and a Master's Degree in Education. He taught at the highly ranked Chapin School in New York City. He has had many songs and poems published.

Also by Ahdieh & Chapman: Awakening: A History of the Bahá'í and Bábi Faiths in Nayriz, 'Abdu'l-Bahá in New York, A Way Out of No Way: Harlem Prep: Transforming Dropouts into Scholars, 1967–1977, The Calling: Tahirih of Persia and Her American Contemporaries and Foreigner From an Iranian Village to New York City and the Lights That Led the Way.