Despite growing interest in the Baha'is of Iran, research on the history of this often-persecuted mirity community has been limited by the availability of primary sources. 'The Baha'is of Iran, Transcaspia and the Caucasus' will help to fill this gap by assembling for the first time diplomatic reports and official correspondence from Russian archives. Volume 2 of this collection documents from the Russian standpoint the dramatic Babi upheavals, the persecution of Babis and Baha'is in Iran, and events including the landmark Ashgabat murder trial. This volume thus provides fascinating insights into the perspective of one of the players of the 'Great Game' in the region, making this book an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Babi and Baha'i history, the history of religion and mirities, Russo-Persian relations or Qajar Iran.
Soli Shahvar is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern History and Director of the Ezri Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at the University of Haifa. He completed his PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He is the author of 'The Forgotten Schools: The Baha'is and Modern Education in Iran, 1899-1934' (I.B.Tauris, 2009). Boris Morozov is Researcher in Russian History at the Cummings Institute, Tel Aviv University. He holds a PhD in Russian History from Moscow State University. He is the author of 'Documents on Soviet Jewish Emigration' (1999) and the co-author of 'Traitors to Mother Russia: Jewish Emigration through Soviet Eyes' (2005). Gad Gilbar is Professor of Economic History in the Department of Middle Eastern History, and Head of the Tujjar Project at the University of Haifa. He has previously served as a member of Israel's Council for Higher Education, and is the author of various articles and books including 'Ottoman Palestine 1800-1914: Studies in Economic and Social History' (1990), and 'Population Dilemmas in the Middle East' (1996).