Shiraz Narcissus

In the tender embrace of verses, this poetry book, titled “Nargese Shiraz,” unfolds as a poignant tribute dedicated to a cherished soul—his beloved sister, Miss Simin Saberi. At a mere 24 years of age, she and nine other Baha’i women tragically met their untimely fate on June 18th, 1983, leaving a profound void in the hearts of those who knew her.

As the poet Rahbar Saberi spills ink onto these pages, his words become a vessel carrying the collective emotions and sentiments of numerous Iranian Baha’is from Shiraz. Within the heart of each poem, the echoes of history since the Islamic Revolution of 1979 resound, painting a portrait of the resilience and steadfastness of a community navigating tumultuous times.

“Nargese Shiraz” is a collection of verses and a tapestry of profound human experiences, encapsulating grief, courage, and a search for hope amidst the darkness. It becomes a chronicle of the cherished memories, the unbroken spirit, and the enduring legacy of those who have left this world, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of their loved ones and the pages of this book.

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From Shiraz to Carmel

Within the pages of this profound account, a treasure trove of knowledge unfolds, shedding light on the poignant journey of the remains of His Holiness the Báb, for the first time in print. It unveils a unique perspective, delving into the historical tapestry of the Bábi and Bahá’í Faith in Shiraz and its neighboring cities during significant transformation and turmoil.

As the narrative unravels, it becomes a testament to the indomitable spirit of the Bábi and Bahá’í communities, steadfast and resolute in the face of adversity and persecution. Their unwavering commitment to the principles of love, unity, and justice, intrinsic to the core of the Bahá’í Faith, stands as a beacon of inspiration across the ages.

This book unveils, for the very first time in print, the mesmerizing tale of the journey that brought the Báb’s remains from Tehran to Acre. It intertwines the touching stories of these communities, who, through turbulent tides, remain anchored in their faith. It paints a vivid portrait of resilience, courage, and the unyielding belief in the divine message bestowed upon them as they traverse a journey that echoes the essence of humanity’s quest for spiritual truth.

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This captivating book revolves around the life of a child named “Reuben.” Born into a Jewish family in Kashan, Iran, during the reign of Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, young Reuben’s journey begins when, at the tender age of seven, he witnesses the public execution of a man named Sheikh Mazgani, martyred for his unwavering faith in the Bahá’í Faith. This poignant encounter leaves an indelible mark on Reuben’s heart and catalyzes his spiritual path. He stood among the initial Iranian Jews to embrace the Bahá’í Faith.

As he grows older, Reuben embraces the Bahá’í Faith, earning the esteemed title of “Mirza” from Bahá’u’lláh himself and the name “Reyhan” from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. Within the pages of this book lie the vivid memoirs of Mirza Reyhan, recounting the hardships and persecution endured by the Bábí and Bahá’í communities, facing opposition from the fervent Jewish and Muslim majorities in his locality. Alongside these accounts, he shares precious memories of the early Bahá’ís of his time, weaving a narrative that both enlightens and touches the reader’s heart.

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The Stars of the Desert

In this captivating narrative, the author transports you to a distant realm, weaving tales that her in-laws once whispered to her in the enchanting city of Cairo. She delves into the treasure troves of two Desert Edge Cities, Kerman, and Yazd, unveiling the secrets contained within two chests brimming with tablets, images, documents, and cherished memories of the pioneering souls.

For nearly a century, these priceless artifacts were veiled behind the walls in Egypt, safeguarded and hidden from the world. Now, for the first time, the author opens the gates of revelation, inviting readers to wander through the pages of this book, where the hidden legacy of these cities emerges into the light of day.

Like the other eight books by Ms. Golestaneh, this book is a treasure and an adornment for any library.

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A Look at History From A Different Perspective

In this captivating book, the reader embarks on a historical odyssey through the author’s beloved homeland, Iran. The comprehensive collection of historical events spans eras before and after the Arab and Mongol invasions, providing a deep understanding of the period surrounding The Báb’s momentous declaration of His mission.

The narrative delves into Iran’s significant political transformation, transitioning from dictatorship to constitutionalism. Moreover, the book sheds light on two crucial epistles written by `Abdu’l-Bahá concerning politics and civilization – The Resaleh Madanieh (The Secret of Divine Civilization) and The Resaleh Siasieh(Treatise on Leadership).

With keen insight, the book also examines the consequences of political interventions by religious leaders and the distortion of historical perceptions perpetuated by religious leaders and historians alike.

Negahi Be Tarikh Az Zaviyehe Digar is a highly recommended read for Bahá’ís and their Persian-speaking friends who seek a deeper understanding of Iran’s rich history and the transformative events that shaped its destiny.

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Seven Maidens

In this poignant narrative, we delve into the martyrdom of Miss Simin Saberi, the author’s sister, alongside six other girls and three other women during a tragic event in Shiraz in 1983. The book chronicles this heart-wrenching loss and offers a glimpse into the author’s parents’ conversion to the Bahá’í Faith and the cherished memories from their shared childhood.

As the narrative unfolds, the reader is taken through the turbulent times marked by the rise of the Islamic Republic of Iran. During this period, the innocent Bahá’í community in Iran faced relentless persecution, bearing the weight of calamities and disasters. The book poignantly recalls the arrest and martyrdom of 226 believers, a harrowing saga that began with the unrest in 1978 and persisted until September 2016.

Furthermore, the book meticulously examines the endeavors of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Centre, shedding light on the appalling denial of human rights to the Bahá’ís in Iran. Additionally, it delves into the internal correspondence of the Islamic Republic of Iran, offering insights into their stance on this issue.

Overall, this narrative serves as a powerful tribute to the enduring spirit of the Bahá’í community in the face of adversity and offers a sobering reflection on the significance of human rights and religious freedom.

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Materialism; Moral & Social Consequences

This book is a Persian translation of the valuable book by Dr. Ghadirian titled “Materialism; Moral and Social Consequences,” which has been masterfully translated, aligning all the sacred texts one by one with the original works in Persian and Arabic.

This new publication (2017) examines the concept of materialistic life and its destructive impact on individuals’ well-being and societies’ prosperity worldwide. Materialist philosophy believes that matter takes precedence over the mind and spirit. Based on this concept, the human mind, consciousness, and soul are considered secondary products of matter, and those who believe otherwise are seen as “idealists.” The teachings of the Bahá’í Faith advocate a logical and balanced approach between the spiritual and material aspects of life as two pillars of a just civilization.

This book, which has received the prestigious “Scholarship Award from the Bahá’í Studies Association”, analyzes the distressing extremes of wealth and poverty and the neglect of social and economic injustices. Valuable insights into the impact of materialism on mental health are presented in this book. Materialism leads to increased consumerism, climate change, environmental degradation, and the spread of corruption, narcissism, and indifference, all of which afflict millions of people who suffer from hunger and disease each year.

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