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Prophet's Daughter: The Life and Legacy of Bahiyyih Khanum, Outstanding Heroine of the Bahai Faith [Kindle Edition]

Janet A Khan

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Prophet’s Daughter is the first full-length biography of one of the greatest women in world religious history. Her towering spiritual strength offers readers an unrivaled model of sacrifice and service to one's faith. Born in Tehran, Bahiyyih Khanum (1846-1932) was the daughter of Baha'u'llah (1817-1892), Prophet and Founder of the Bahai religion. Because Baha'u'llah's teachings were seen in His homeland as a heretical threat to the established order, He and His immediate family and a small group of followers were exiled for some forty years. Meanwhile, thousands of other followers were exterminated in an effort to eradicate the new faith. From the age of seven, Bahiyyih Khanum accompanied her father in exile to Baghdad, Constantinople, Adrianople, and eventually Akka, suffering all of the privations her father suffered. Yet she played a unique and crucial role in supporting her family; assisting members of the religion during periods of unspeakably brutal persecution; managing the small band's household under prison conditions; and, later in life, working with Baha'u'llah's successors to establish the Bahai Faith as a universally recognized world religion. Her confident and resilient response to hardship and suffering, her acceptance of administrative responsibility, her exemplary leadership, and her capacity to deal constructively with change were exceptional.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 750 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Bahai Publishing (27 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0072ISAYG
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #671,697 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book 15 Aug. 2005
By Jean A. Ferrell - Published on
This book is a very important book for those studying the history of the Baha'i Faith. The writer opens a vivid window that allows us to view the critical role Bahiyyih Khanum played in the growth of her Father, Baha'u'llah's faith, the Baha'i Faith, in the very turbulent years of its beginning. I enjoyed it immensely.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Loving 13 Sept. 2005
By Andrew Lazar - Published on
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This book, truely, covers the life and legacy of Bahiyyih Khanum. A person whose qualities call for close examination. Janet Khan, using all available means for research, in spite of the cultural norms of a women in the mid-19th century Persia, succeeds in portraying the "Greatest Holy Leaf" in a way that makes me fall in love. Her plight and perseverance are something to be admired, especially in context to her historical upbringings. Highly recommended read.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Life and Legacy Well Portrayed 7 Dec. 2007
By Stephen A. Fuqua - Published on
Bahíyyih Khánum, the Greatest Holy Leaf, daughter of Bahá'u'lláh, can be considered the woman of highest station in her father's faith, and yet the facts about her life are few. Owing primarily to cultural constraints on her sex, the story and character of her outstanding life must be teased out by the biographer through the scattered references of letters, diaries, and recollections. Armed with a mighty assortment of such citations, researcher Janet Khan weaves a moving tapestry of the Greatest Holy Leaf in Prophet's Daughter: The Life and Legacy of Bahíyyih Khánum, Outstanding Heroine of the Bahá'í Faith.

Through this thoroughly readable book, Janet Khan provides a fresh and accessible approach to Bahá'í history and scholarship. Her insight into and explication of the Greatest Holy Leaf's life highlight the sustaining and even pivotal contributions of this servant to the Bahá'í cause, shaming the many male historians who give nary a mention. Both those new to the Bahá'í Faith and those well acquainted will find inspiration. This is a biography worthy of emulation.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 23 Mar. 2014
By WeiXinhua - Published on
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The book related Bahiyyih Khanum's service to her Father, Baha'u'llah; her Brother, 'Abdu'l-Baha; and the Guardian to the history of the Baha'i Faith in an interesting history. It includes excerpts from a variety of Bahiyyih Knanum's writings and gives insight into the vital part she played in the growth of the Faith.
3.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Holy Leaf 19 Aug. 2012
By sabzi - Published on
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This book is about an extraordinary but little known woman, Bahiyyih Khanum, who transcended the limitations of a cultural background notorious for its blind fanaticism, its narrow outlook, and its uncompromising refusal to accommodate the forces of modernity. Her story is a testimony to the power of the human spirit to triumph over adversity. The record of her life and achievements provides reassurance and hope to all who are apprehensive about humanity's ability to overcome the powers of ignorance and repression that trouble the world today.
Born in Iran in the middle east of the nineteenth century, she was the daughter of Mirza Husayn-Ali, known as Bahaullah. Bahaullah's courageous and forthright presentation of teachings on emancipation, unity and harmony attracted hatred and relentless persecution in the countries of the middle east. As a result, Bahiyyih Khanum endured imprisonment or house arrest for six decades.

Events of her life described in this book, and passages within it that are quoted from the Baha'i writings, are best understood with a basic knowledge of the Baha'i faith.

Ch.1- Bahiyyih Khanum, scion of Baha'ullah
Ch.2- Baha'ullahs Precious Daughter
Ch.3- Abdul-baha's brilliant sister
Ch.4- The Remnant of Baha
Ch.5- Her role during Shoghi Effendi's absences
Ch.6- The glorious Companion of Shoghi Effendi
Ch.7- The Hill of God is stirred
Ch.8- Archetype of the people of Baha.
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