Tahirih

"A Poetic Vision"


Written and Illustrated by Ivan Lloyd
Published by Desert Rose Publishing
(ISBN: 096579671X)

In 1852 a young Persian poetess was strangled with her own veil by the religious authorities of Tehran. Táhirih heralded a new age of equality for women in an otherwise male dominated society.

Thousands of her followers, from Baghdad to Constantinople, began to remove their veils and started the suffrage movement, pre-empting the woman’s liberation movement in America by several years.

"Táhirih Teaching in Baghdad"
This book, Táhirih "A Poetic Vision," is the complete authenticated story of her life. It contains over twelve full color illustrations, some Persian calligraphy and features some of Táhirih’s poetry, which has been translated into English for the first time.

For the strict religious authorities of Karbilá Táhirih’s behavior was totally unacceptable, she was declared a heretic and, with her close companions, escorted to Baghdad. Undaunted she continued to proclaim her beliefs in the colleges surrounding the courtyards of the Golden Mosque. On one such occasion the Shah’s personal physician, a Persian Jew, was passing by when he saw a group of women listening to a lecture given by Táhirih as she sat veiled and out of sight behind a curtain. He was so attracted to the clarity and logic of her reasoning that he soon became a believer.

"The Conference of Badasht"
"Táhirih in Mashhad"
"Táhirih during prayers"


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Renowned for her virtuous beauty, Táhirih removed her veil before an assembly of pious believers at the Conference of Badasht in 1848 and proclaimed the equality of men and women. This marked the breaking away from the long established traditions of Islam and the birth of a new religion (The Bábi Faith). Táhirih declared: "I am the blast of the trumpet, the call of the bugle, like Gabriel I will awaken sleeping souls."

Wherever she spoke, Táhirih's eloquence and profound knowledge attracted dignitaries from all over Persia and the Ottoman Empire. Because of her outspoken beliefs she was held under house arrest during which time her fame and influence grew even stronger. As she was being strangled in the garden of Ilkhani, Táhirih said "You can kill me as soon as you like but you cannot stop the emancipation of women." Táhirih was martyred in Tehran in 1852.

The Story of Táhirih “A Poetic Vision” contains twelve full color illustrations and tells the heroine’s story, complete with new translations of her poetry and Persian calligraphy by Saie Monjazeb.


"The Story of Táhirih"