Calligraphy of the Baha'i

I ran National Baha'i Archives

The Iran National Baha'i Archives (INBA) volumes were compiled a few years before the Islamic revolution in Iran by the Baha'i National Spiritual Assembly --circa 1976-1978. About 50 sets were distributed as photocopies to Baha'i scholars and Baha'i archives primarily in the West. The INBA volumes are copies of Baha'i manuscripts which were mainly physically located in the Tehran Baha'i Archives when the they were photocopied as sets for distribution. Since then, the original archives whereabouts and existance is uncertain. Here is the complete set, scanned from one of the copied sets -- a total of 99 volumes, with additional volumes of indexes. Digitally republished, East Lansing, Mi.: H-Bahai, 2013.

Added note, courtesy of Dr. Moojan Momen, January 2014:

"INBA is an abbreviation created by Denis McEoin and stands for Iranian National Baha'i Archives.

However there are in fact two different sets of photocopied manuscripts from the Iranian National Baha'i Archives.

The first is a set of over 100 volumes that was published - some 50 or more sets were made and distributed to various institutions and individuals. The proper name of this set as set out in them is: Intishárát Lajnih-yi Millí-yi Mahfazih-yi Áthár va Árshív-i Amr, and so I have decided to abbreviate this set to ILMA + vol. no. in future.

There are some volumes from the same archives of both scripture and histories which were not made part of the distributed set and copies of these were made on an ad hoc basis. On some of them, there is a stamp that says: Kitábkhánih-yi Mahfazih-yi Millí-yi Áthár-i Amrí-yi Írán Those that are stamped usually have an accession number that is four numbers and a letter. And so I have decided to abbreviate these to KMAI + accession number in future.

Some volume appear to have been in the possession of: Kitábkhánih-yi Lajnih-yi Millí-yi Amákin-i Mutabarrakih but were then transferred to KMAI at some stage and so have both marks.

Some volumes have just the Kitábkhánih-yi Lajnih-yi Millí-yi Amákin-i Mutabarrakih stamp and I suspect that these were also part of KMAI.

There are also volumes knocking about that have no stamp in them, but I think they are probably also KMAI.

I have not looked into this systematically so there may be other variations."

Humanities & Social Sciences OnLine
Humanities &
Social Sciences Online
Hosted by Matrix
Send comments and questions to H-Bahai Editors
Copyright © 1995-