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Ii As for spelling, the word Bahá’í (including the accents) was standardized among Bahá’ís by Shoghi Effendi in 1923, but before that date, it appeared in a variety of forms (Behai, Bahai, Bahaism, Bahaist), and after that date, numerous spellings have persisted in the academic community based sometimes on technical transliteration systems and other times on archaic spellings that the authors adopted for obscure reasons. This book will preserve the original spellings in documents, when quoting them, and in names (such as Bahai Temple Unity).

Nearly every day, a large crowd flocked to visit him at the house of Mrs. Sara Louisa Blomfield, where he stayed in London. “In all the arrangements for the comfort of the numerous guests, Miss Beatrice Platt, Dr. Lutfullah Hakim, and my daughters, Mary and Ellinor, were occupied from morning till night,” Mrs. Blomfield states in her book about his visit. ”15 The visitors included ministers and missionaries, Oriental scholars and occult students, practical men of affairs and mystics, Anglican-Catholics and Nonconformists, Theosophists and Hindus, Christian Scientists and doctors of medicine, Muslims, Buddhists, and Zoroastrians.

The Ottoman Turkish government, displeased by the growth of what they viewed as an Islamic heresy, exiled Bahá’u’lláh and His family from Baghdad to a series of other cities, eventually settling them in Acre, a pestilential prison-city on the Mediterranean coast in what today is northern Israel. There, ‘Abbás greeted Bahá’í pilgrims, met with government officials, and handled family affairs. Early on, Bahá’u’lláh commanded family and followers to call ‘Abbás Áqá, an honorific that was translated into English as the Master.

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