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Mahmud's Diary

Mahmud's Diary

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Published by Jheniefeer Sayyáh
In the spring of 1912, 'Abdu'l-Bahá set off from Alexandria on His historic journey to America. Among his small entourage was Mírzá Mahmúd-i-Zarqání, who became, in the words of Shoghi Effendi, 'the chronicler of His travels'.
Mírzá Mahmúd went everywhere with 'Abdu'l-Bahá, making extensive notes not only of the Master's many public talks and conversations with individuals but also of the new sights and experiences they found in America as well as the daily routines of eating, writing letters and travelling. Mahmúd remarks on the novelty of the New York skyscrapers, electric lights and American foods and customs for 'Abdu'l-Bahá's party as well as the picturesque spectacle provided to the Americans by His entourage in their 'abás and Persian hats.
The result was a unique diary 'regarded as a reliable account of 'Abdu'l-Bahá's travels in the West and an authentic record of His utterances, whether in the form of formal talks, table talks or random oral statements. Mírzá Mahmúd was a careful and faithful chronicler and engaged in assembling and publishing his work with the permission of the beloved Master . . .' (The Universal House of Justice).
In the spring of 1912, 'Abdu'l-Bahá set off from Alexandria on His historic journey to America. Among his small entourage was Mírzá Mahmúd-i-Zarqání, who became, in the words of Shoghi Effendi, 'the chronicler of His travels'.
Mírzá Mahmúd went everywhere with 'Abdu'l-Bahá, making extensive notes not only of the Master's many public talks and conversations with individuals but also of the new sights and experiences they found in America as well as the daily routines of eating, writing letters and travelling. Mahmúd remarks on the novelty of the New York skyscrapers, electric lights and American foods and customs for 'Abdu'l-Bahá's party as well as the picturesque spectacle provided to the Americans by His entourage in their 'abás and Persian hats.
The result was a unique diary 'regarded as a reliable account of 'Abdu'l-Bahá's travels in the West and an authentic record of His utterances, whether in the form of formal talks, table talks or random oral statements. Mírzá Mahmúd was a careful and faithful chronicler and engaged in assembling and publishing his work with the permission of the beloved Master . . .' (The Universal House of Justice).

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Mahmúd's Diary
 
The Diary of Mírzá Mahmúd-i-Zarqání Chronicling `Abdu'l-Bahá's Journey to America
 translated by
Mohi Sobhani
 with the assistance of 
Shirley Macias
 George RonaldOxfordGeorge Ronald,
 Publisher 
 46 High Street, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 2DN© This translation Mohi Sobhani 1997All Rights ReservedA catalogue record for this book is availablefrom the British LibraryISBN 0-85398-418-2
 
 
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C
ontents
 A Note from the Publisher 
 
vii
 Mahmúd's Diary
 
1
 Preface
 
3
 Introduction
9
The Diary
 
11
 Biographical Notes
 
435
 Bibliography
 
455
 References and Notes
 
459
 Index
 
497Monday, March 25, 1912
 
'Abdu'l-Bahá's departure from Ramleh,AlexandriaTuesday, March 26, 1912
 
[aboard the
Cedric
]Wednesday, March 27, 1912
 
[aboard the
Cedric
]Thursday morning, March 28, 1912
 
[aboard the
Cedric
]Friday, March 29, 1912
 
[aboard the
Cedric
]Saturday, March 30, 1912
 
[aboard the
Cedric
]Sunday, March 31, 1912
 
[aboard the
Cedric
]Monday, April 1, 1912
 
[aboard the
Cedric
]Tuesday, April 2, 1912
 
[aboard the
Cedric
]Wednesday, April 3, 1912
 
[aboard the
Cedric
]Thursday, April 4, 1912
 
[aboard the
Cedric
]Friday, April 5, 1912
 
[aboard the
Cedric
]Saturday, April 6, 1912
 
[aboard the
Cedric
]Sunday, April 7, 1912
 
[aboard the
Cedric
]Monday, April 8, 1912
 
[aboard the
Cedric
]Tuesday, April 9, 1912
 
[aboard the
Cedric
]Wednesday, April 10, 1912 [Thursday,April 11, 1912]
 
`Abdu'l-Bahá's Arrival in New York 
C
ityThursday, April 11, 1912
 
[New York]
 
 
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Friday, April 12, 1912
 
[New York]Saturday, April 13, 1912
 
[New York]Sunday, April 14, 1912
 
[New York]Monday, April 15, 1992
 
[New York]Tuesday, April 16, 1912
 
[New York]Wednesday, April 17, 1912
 
[New York]Thursday, April 18, 1912
 
[New York]Friday, April 19, 1912
 
[New York]Saturday, April 20, 1912
 
[en route to Washington D
C
]Sunday, April 21, 1912
 
[Washington D
C
]Monday, April 22, 1912
 
[Washington D
C
]Tuesday, April 23, 1912
 
[Washington D
C
]Wednesday, April 24, 1912
 
[Washington D
C
]Thursday, April 25, 1912
 
[Washington D
C
]Friday, April 26, 1912
 
[Washington D
C
]Saturday, April 27, 1912
 
[Washington D
C
]Sunday, April 28, 1912
 
[Washington D
C
, en route to
C
hicago]Monday, April 29, 1912
 
[
C
hicago]Tuesday, April 30, 1912
 
[
C
hicago]Wednesday, May 1, 1912
 
[
C
hicago]Thursday, May 2, 1912
 
[
C
hicago]Friday, May 3, 1912
 
[
C
hicago]Saturday, May 4, 1912
 
[
C
hicago]Sunday, May 5, 1912
 
[
C
hicago]Monday, May 6, 1912
 
[
C
hicago --
C
leveland]Tuesday, May 7, 1912
 
[
C
leveland -- Pittsburgh]Wednesday, May 8, 1912
 
[Pittsburgh -- Washington D
C
]Thursday, May 9, 1912
 
[Washington D
C
]Friday, May 10, 1912
 
[Washington D
C
]Saturday, May 11, 1912
 
[Washington D
C
-- New York]Sunday, May 12, 1912
 
[New York -- New Jersey -- NewYork]

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