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Extremely misleading. Elements of Bias toward the Baha'i faith are evident throughout the book. There are many distortions in the translations that present a misleading view of the Bab. I had to refer to some of the original Arabic and Persian writings of the Bab when reading portions of the book and was amazed at how many sections were completely taken out of context. The book might seem well researched at first glance but is mostly an attempt at whitewashing the Bab's beliefs and a vain attempt at portraying Baha'u'llah as the Bab's successor while all other evidence points to the fact that Subh-i Azal is the righteous successor of the Bab. 

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As a member of the Baha'i Faith since 1973 I have been aware of a lack of information about The Bab which is unavailable to those who do not read Arabic or Persian. This dense book is a light in the dark. It answers previous critics going back even to E G Browne's criticisms, the only Westerner in the 19th C to meet Baha'u'llah, who as an "orientalist" made erroneous and apparently uninformed statements about the writings of the Bab. It refutes several more modern critics as well. Saiedi's work is breathtaking and despite my lack, there is so much there for even the novice who will trek through this academic jewel. Rarely does one see the quality of work that composed this work which encompasses to my understanding ALL of the available work of the Bab. Thus was Saiedi able to show what others had failed to see. Without a context with nearly all the Bab's work many things would be misunderstood and have been. The author reveals to the previously un-initiated westerner understanding about the allusions to the beloved and lost Joseph, the written work for the first believer, that opened the Baha'i era May 23, 1844 and remain interdispersed in later writings as well. I remain grateful for this work. 

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