Four On An Island
by Bahiyyih Nakhjavani
A reflection about pioneering.
This book tells the story of four Bahá'ís who chose to be exiled and imprisoned with Bahá'u'lláh. But they found themselves instead condemned to separation from Him, and exile on the island of Cyprus in 1868 in the company of His enemies. Muhammad-Báqir-i-Qahvih-chí, Mishkín-Qalam, Mírzá 'Alíy-i-Sayyáh and 'Abdu'l-Ghaffár - their names are well-known to Bahá'ís but the historical facts of their story are brought together for the first time in this book.
Nor is this all: the story told, the author goes beyond the bare factual outline, inviting the reader to 'explore their lives as metaphor instead... they seemed to be not only four prisoners exiled in Cyprus but symbolically the powers of the soul imprisoned within the self.'
This poetic treatment springs from the thoughts and experiences of five years spent by the author herself in Cyprus, and is one of the most original and satisfying features of this fascinating book.
Soft Cover ISBN: 978-0-85398-174-9
Hard Cover ISBN: 978-0-85398-173-2
144 pages, 3 illustrations
21 x 13.8 cm. (8 x 5.5 in)