1Sahil B = "Bahá'ísm is a monotheistic movement based of a 19th century outgrowth of Shi’ism currently consisting of a population of at least five millions followers. Founded on the principles of universal acceptance, the Bahá'ís believe in the unity of God, religion, and humanity. The Báb and the Bahá'u'lláh are seen as the Manifestations of God in a series of divine messengers; each Manifestation of God has established a religion in an orderly progression over time. Bahá'u'lláh claimed to fulfill eschatological expectations from all previous scriptures, teaching that it is time for humanity to recognize unity of religion. Overall, this messianic movement can best be described as a combination of traditional Shi’ism with elements of social reform and modernism. It is important to note that Bahá'u'lláh’s teachings were, at the core, spiritual, articulated in traditional terms yet in a modern setting.References: Hutter, Manfred. Bahā'īs. Encyclopedia of Religion (2nd ed.). Detroit,
Michigan: Macmillan Reference US. pp. 737. Smith,
Peter. The Babi and Baha'i Religions:
From Messianic Shiʻism to a World Religion. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1987.