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Sabir Afaqi. Tahirih in History: Perspectives on Qurratu’l-Ayn From East and West. Los Angeles, Kalimat Press, 2004, xiv+292 p. [Studies in the Bábí and Bahá’í Religions, 16]

Franklin Lewis

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1This collection brings together material of a very disparate nature written about Qorrat al-‘Ayn Ṭāhera over the span of more than a century, including scholarly articles, devotional biographies, journalistic appreciations, a few samples of Ṭāhera’s own prayers and poems, and an excerpt from one literary work in which she figures as a character. The bulk of these articles have been published previously, though not all of them were easily accessible; a few of them are translated to English here for the first time. The work under review, then, presents neither new information nor a synthesis of older views, nor an exploration of the archetypal qualities of female sainthood enshrined in the various writings about Ṭāhera, but rather a retrospective sample of what has been written about her, with a spotlight on perspectives from South Asia, documenting the images of Ṭāhera that a geographically, historically, ethnically and religiously diverse group of readers has formulated over the past century and more.

2The material is grouped into four sections: “Baha’i Sources” (two articles, by ‘Abd al-Bahā’ and Shoghi Effendi) “Eastern Impressions” (eight articles, most written in India or Pakistan, some originally in Urdu), “Western Considerations” (seven articles) and “Táhirih’s Writings” including a bibliographic survey by Denis MacEoin and a prayer and poem of Ṭāhera in translation). A one-page chronology listing in order the composition/publication dates of these various works would have been useful in helping readers chart the development of the image and growing reputation of Tahirih. The Bibliography (pp. 265-279) is full, but not exhaustive. Twenty-five of her Persian poems are printed in nasta‘līq calligraphy in the end of the book (pp. 281-92)

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Franklin Lewis, « Sabir Afaqi. Tahirih in History: Perspectives on Qurratu’l-Ayn From East and West. Los Angeles, Kalimat Press, 2004, xiv+292 p. [Studies in the Bábí and Bahá’í Religions, 16] »Abstracta Iranica [En ligne], Volume 27 | 2006, document 298, mis en ligne le 02 janvier 2007, consulté le 28 février 2024. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/abstractairanica/6354 ; DOI : https://doi.org/10.4000/abstractairanica.6354

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University of Chicago

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