Edward Granville Browne (1862-1926) on the religion of the Bab.

`Edward Granville Browne (1862-1926) on the religion of the Bab, the Babi-Baha'i religions'.

Stephen Lambden UCMerced.

In progress 24-07-2018.

Edward Granville Browne (1862-1926) [= EGB] studied the relgion of the Bab and interacted with Babis and Baha'is  throughout his life. Yet, this British born orientalist and Cambridge professor, never exactly professed himself a Babi, Azali or  Baha'i. He became especially  close to the religion of the Bab in his early years having first come accross the Babi religion in Cambridge in 18XX in the course of reading the text of Les Religiones ... (1st ed. Paris 1865) of the French travellor, writer and orientalist  Gobineau   (d.      ). Then, during his `Year Amongst the Persians' (1887-8), he sought out and became fascinated with the writings of the Bab and had numerous dealings with Babis-Azalis and Baha'is.

Select Bibliography

Edward Granville Browne (1862-1926).

A year amongst the Persians

  • A year amongst the Persians : impressions as to the life, character & thought of the people of Persia, received during twelve months' residence in that country in the years 1887-1888.
  • A year amongst the Persians... Introd. Denis MacEoin. London : Century ; New York : Hippocrene Books, 1984. xiv+650 PP. Rep. In the series, Century Travellers.

A Traveller's Narrative

  • A Traveller's Narrative written to illustrate the Episode of the Báb. [By 'Abd al-Bahā ibn Bahā Allāh.] Edited in the original Persian, and translated into English, with an introduction and explanatory notes, by E.G. Browne. 2 Vols. Cambridge : University Press: Cambridge, 1891.

`The Bab and Babism' ERE. PDfs+

  • `The Bab and Babism' from the Hastings Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics, Vol.2 (1910), pp. 299-308.
  • PDf. EGB-ERDE02-1910.pdf 


Select Secondary Sources.

`Abbās Zaryāb; Īraj Afshār (ed. comp.)

Taqīʹzādah, Ḥasan (1878-1969), Correspondence.

  • Nāmahʹhā-yi, Idvārd Brāvn bih Sayyid Ḥasan Taqīzādah. Majmūʻah-ʼi manābiʻ va asnād-i tārīkhī-i dawrah-ʼi Qajār. IV. Tehran : Kitābhā-yi Jībī, 1354/1975. xiii+223 pp.

Arnold, T.W. Arnold ; Reynold A. Nicholson. eds.

  • A volume of Oriental studies presented to Edward G. Browne ... on his 60th birthday (7 February 1922). Cambridge : At the University Press, 1922. vii +499, pp.

Bayuzi, Hasan, M. 

  • Edward Granville Browne and the Bahá'i faith. London : George Ronald, 1970. x+142 pp.

Momen, Moojan

  • Selections from the writings of E.G. Browne on the Bábí and Bahá'í religions. Oxford : G. Ronald, ©1987. 499pp. Extracts from select mss. and printed works of EGB  : A year amongst the Persians -- The Bábís of Persia -- A summary of the Persian Bayán -- Bábísm --The attitude of Bahá'ís towards Persian politics -- Bábí and Baháí poetry -- The papers and manuscripts of E.G. Browne relating to the Baháí faith.

Reynold A. Nicholson

  • A descriptive catalogue of the Oriental mss. belonging to the late E. G. Browne. Completed & edited with a memoir of the author and a bibliography of his writings, by Reynold A. Nicholson. Cambridge; Cambridge University Press, 1932. xxii+325 pp. Oriental mss. belonging to the late E. G. Browne