Dawn Over Mt. Hira - 30 Essays on Islamic, Baha'i and Literary Themes
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The essays in this book are selected from the work of forty years, of not only a distinguished social historian but a distinguished member of the Bahá'í Faith.
The wide range of subjects in this collection of essays bear on every field of human activity, thought and feeling. In her approach to questions which affect us all, the author has drawn on her knowledge of the intellectual and cultural traditions of both East and West, and has presented the Bahá'í viewpoint cogently and attractively. And in the biographical essays, through her concern for historical accuracy blended with her sense of the immediate, she is specially able to bring to life events long gone, painted as freshly as if we had experienced them ourselves.
Marzieh Gail is a daughter of the late Persian diplomat and scholar Ali-Kuli Khan Nabil, Persia's chief diplomatic representative to the United States during the presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt, Taft and Wilson. Born in the United States of an American mother, Marzieh Gail accompanied her parents to various official posts including Tehran, where she was presented at the court of the then Crown Prince Regent.
Mrs. Gail graduated 'With Great Distinction' and Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, and had an MA from the University of California at Berkeley. She was the first woman to work on the staff of a Tehran newspaper. Later, as a Bahá'í pioneer, Mrs. Gail spent ten years in Europe, where she also did historical research on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Mrs. Gail is well known to the Bahá'ís for her translations from Persian and Arabic of The Seven Valleys by Bahá'u'lláh and of 'Abdu'l-Bahá's The Secret of Divine Civilization and Memorials of the Faithful. Her historical works include Persia and the Victorians (a Book Society recommendation), The Sheltering Branch, and two studies of the medieval Papacy, Avignon in Flower and The Three Popes. Her Life in the Renaissance has been translated into Italian, French and Spanish. Her biographies of her father are also published by George Ronald.
Dimensions: 207 x 140 mm (8.25 x 5.5 in)
Weight: 318 g