Summon Up Remembrance Marzieh Gail

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Summon Up Remembrance  by  Marzieh Gail

Summon Up Remembrance by Marzieh Gail
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The fascinating story of a pleasure-seeking Persian boy who became one of Abdul-Bahas leading English translators and united East and West in the first Persian-American Bahai marriage. Here is the colourful story of Ali-Kuli Khan, the first toMoreThe fascinating story of a pleasure-seeking Persian boy who became one of Abdul-Bahas leading English translators and united East and West in the first Persian-American Bahai marriage. Here is the colourful story of Ali-Kuli Khan, the first to translate into English such important works as the Seven Valleys, the Kitab-i-Iqan, and the Glad-Tidings.

Told by his daughter, herself a well-known author and translator, Khans story is based on his memoirs and personal papers. Through them we are given a unique and detailed picture of life in Persia at the end of the century, complete with an explanation of that oft-met protocol taaruf. We follow the young Khan, dressed as a dervish, on his adventurous walk to Akka and note his transformation from a frivolous youth to a skilled translator for Abdul-Baha.

In his nearly two years as a member of Abdul-Bahas household, Khan both translated for those first groups of American pilgrims to visit the Holy Land and rendered Abdul-Bahas Tablets into English. In 1901 Khan was sent to America to assist Mirza Abul-Fadl and to translate the great teachers book, The Bahai Proofs, into English. It was in America that Khan met and fell in love with a Boston society girl, Florence Breed. Their Victorian romance unfolds in the delicate love-letters written by Florence to Khan. Their marriage, the first between a Persian and an American Bahai, not only symbolized but portrayed the unity between East and West taught by the Bahai Faith.

Summon Up Remembrance is peopled with such familiar figures as Mirza Abul-Fadl, Laura Barney, Edward and Lua Getsinger, Mary Hanford Ford and the Atabak. But this is a book dedicated to Abdul-Baha, and it is His wisdom and teaching that characterizes it.

A unique feature is the inclusion of the Tablet of Cremation revealed by Abdul-Baha, here published for the first time in English in a new translation by the Research Department of the Universal House of Justice. The story continues in Arches of the Years.



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