Sample Chapter: The Long Road into Captivity


Door to the women's prison in Shiraz

The Long Road to Captivity describes the horrific forced march of men, women and children taken prisoner in the 1853 upheaval, from Nayriz to Shiraz. The captured Bábis were subjected to humiliation, starvation, thirst, cold, beatings, and in some cases beheading.

The march is described at a high level in God Passes By by Shoghi Effendi. This chapter from Awaklening provides an in-depth portrtayal of the this gruesome set of events and the courage and spirit of sarifice exemplified by the Bábis. It also includes detailed footnotes providing sources and clarifications.

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