is a deep dive into the history of the Bábí and Bahá’í Faiths in Nayríz, Fárs Province, Persia. It brings to light many fresh perspectives on the historical events, the social and cultural environment, the spiritual heights and the heroic conflicts that characterize Nayríz in the early days of the Bábí and Bahá’í Revelations. This site is a companion to and extension of the book AWAKENING: A History of the Babí and Bahá'í Faiths in Nayriz by Dr. Hussein Ahdieh and Hillary Chapman.

The cornerstone of the site is a new translation of the entire diary of Mullá Muhammad Shafí into English. Originally written in Persian, the diary was commissioned by Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, to record Shafí's eyewitness account of a set of tumultuous events in 1850 and 1853 in Nayríz. Nabíl Zarandí, the chronicler of the origins of the Bábí and Bahá’í Faiths, later used this diary as the basis of the Nayríz chapter in his book, The Dawn-Breakers. Where older translations have portrayed historical facts, this new one captures the immediacy of overwhelming events emblazoned on the mind of a 12-year old witness and survivor.

Additionally, debuts tablets addressed by Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdu'l-Bahá to Dr. Ahdieh's ancestors. These tablets have been photographically enhanced for clarity and tastefully ornamented. Shaykh Bahá’í's history Nayris Shurangiz in Persian also appears. Other items of interest include chanted prayers and tablets revealed for various Bahá’ís of Nayríz in Persian and Arabic, the genealogy of historically significant Nayrizi Bahá’í families, and samples of the work of the famous 18th century calligrapher Mírzá Ahmad Nayrízi, who is Dr. Ahdieh's ancestor.

For a fascinating, inspiring experience, click the links in the left sidebar and appreciate the richness of Nayríz in Bábí and Bahá’í history.

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