The Persian Bayán (Persian: بیان) is one of the principal scriptural writings of the Báb. Although he started it, it was left unfinished at his death. It is believed that it and its smaller cousin, the Arabic Bayán, were to be completed by another (see below).
Unities and Chapters
Both books were envisaged to have 19 unities (Váhids) each with 19 chapters (so 361 sections) as the number (denoting the numerical value of all-things, i.e. kullu shay') had special significance within the movement.
Both versions of the Bayán were incomplete. The Persian Bayán had 9 unities and 10 chapters, with the Arabic Bayán having 11 unities. The Kitáb-i-Íqán by Bahá’u’lláh was the completion to this work .
- The Báb (1976). Selections from the Writings of the Báb. Wilmette, Illinois, USA: Bahá’í Publishing Trust. ISBN 1931847304. http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/tb/SWB//.
- Browne, Edward Granville (1987). Selections from the Writings of E.G. Browne on the Bábí and Bahá’í Religions, ed. M. Momen. Oxford, UK: George Ronald. ISBN 0853982473.
- Smith, Peter (1999). A Concise Encyclopedia of the Bahá’í Faith. Oxford, UK: Oneworld Publications. ISBN 1851681841.
- Compendium on the Persian Bayán
- Browne, E.G. (1918) Materials for the Study of the Babi Religion. Cambridge.