A collection of ‘revelation writing’, made under the direction of Baha’u’llah.

What is ‘revelation writing’?

As Baha’u’llah spent most of his adult life in exile, his communication with his followers in Iran was mostly through letters, known as ‘Tablets’. Most of these were dictated at speed to his secretary who recorded them initially in a form of short-hand known as ‘revelation writing’. These initial texts were then transcribed by another secretary to create copies that would be sent to Iran and elsewhere, where recipients often employed calligraphers to make fine copies.

What does this page show?

This draft (f. 1r, digitised image 1) is addressed to Haji Mulla Husayn and was taken down by dictation from Baha’u’llah by his secretary Mirza Aqa Jan Khadimullah (1837–1901).

This manuscript containing Baha’i ‘Revelation’ writing was donated to the British Library in 1998 by the late Jalal Irani, a descendant of the family of Baha’u’llah.