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The Life and Martyrdom of Varqá and Rúhu’lláh

Jul 17, 2021

This is the extraordinary story of a father and a son who arose in the 19th century to spread the Faith of Bahá’u’lláh throughout Iran with indomitable strength and resilience. Varqá the father, a physician and a talented poet, and his gifted adolescent son Rúḥu’lláh, both of penetrating spiritual insight, took the New Gospel with zeal and courage to a generation blind in the most dire fanaticism. Operating in the midst of a country sunk into corruption and bigotry, Varqá and Rúhu’lláh were able to teach both the rich and the poor, the prince and the commoner, the scholar and the illiterate, the believer and the laic, in freedom or in prison. Their saga ended with their tragic martyrdom in the royal prison of Tehran in 1896 but has continued to live like a legend inspiring Bahá’ís around the world to serve.

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Boris Handal, EdD

Professor of Education, University of Notre Dame Australia

Dr Boris Handal is a Professor of Education at the University of Notre Dame Australia. His publications comprise over 100 conference and journal papers, books and book chapters published in Australia, the United States of America, Europe, Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia. Dr Handal has also published several books in the field of 19th Century Persian history and culture.See Faculty Bio

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