Account of Zanjan by Abdu'l-Ahad Zanjani
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`Abdu'l-Ahad Zanjani
Account of the Siege of Zanjan

`Abdu'l-Ahad Zanjani, Account of the Siege of Zanjan. British Manuscript Project MS. 749 (1)/6, University of Michigan. Published in digital facsimile. East Lansing, Mi.: H-Bahai, 1998. Available on the World Wide Web at /~bahai/arabic/vol3/zanjan/ahad.htm


    A chronicle in Persian of the fighting between the Iranian government and the Babis at Zanjan in 1850, as recollected by an aged eyewitness who had been a child at the time, and given to E.G. Browne.

    NOTES: Translated in E.G. Browne, "Personal Reminiscences of the Babi Insurrection at Zanjan in 1850" Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, vol. 29 (1897): 761-827. MacEoin, Sources for Early Babi Doctrine and History, notes, pp. 163-164, that "Histories of the Zanjan upheaval of 1266/1850 to 1267/1851 are more common. Of these, the best known is a narrative written by Aqa `Abd al-Ahad Zanjani, a participant in the siege who later became an Azali. His account was translated and published by Browne in 1897 . . .The original manuscript in `Abd al-Ahad's own hand forms item 6 of manuscript F.25 in the Browne collection. It is dated 1309/1892." See also John Walbridge, "The Babi Uprising in Zanjan: Causes and Issues" Iranian Studies vol. 29, nos. 3-4 (1996):339-362; and John Walbridge, "Document and Narrative Sources for the History of the Battle of Zanjan." Occasional Papers in Shaykhi, Babi and Baha'i Studies, vol. 2, no. 4 (May, 1998).

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