One of the Western scholars to pioneer the study of the Bahāʾī faith was the noted Orientalist Edward Granville Browne (1862–1926), who met personally many of the central figures of the religious movement, including Bahāʾ-Ollāh (also Baháʾuʾlláh, born Mīrzā Ḥusayn-ʿAlī Nūrī, 1817–1892), the prophet-founder of the faith. Browne’s book, Materials for the study of the Bábí religion (1918), represents a valuable sourcebook for the early history of the religion, containing several primary sources in English translation. The ninth chapter of this book, ‘List of the descendants of Mírzá Buzurg of Núr, the Father both of Baháʾuʾlláh and of Ṣubḥ-i-Azal’, reproduces a list compiled in June 1912 by Mīrzā Ebrāhīm Khān, a grandson of Mīrzā ʿAbbās Nūrī (known as Bozorg-e Vazīr, d. 1839), the father of Bahāʾ-Ollāh.
This list provides an early account of the genealogy of the Bahāʾī holy family and this chapter from Browne’s book is reproduced below in full, using the same transliteration and style as the original text (pp. 317-322). (Click here to view the pages from Browne’s book. The entire book can also be viewed online at the Internet Archive.)
This list was sent to me in June, 1912, by the already-mentioned Azalí scribe of Iṣfahán, resident in Ṭihrán, with whom I succeeded in establishing relations, and who supplied me with numerous precious documents. The original is written, not very distinctly, by a certain Mírzá Ibráhím Khán, the son of Fáṭima Khánim, the niece of Mírzá Buzurg’s daughter (the half-sister of both Baháʾuʾlláh and Ṣubḥ-i-Azal) Sháh Sulṭán Khánim, commonly known as Ḥájji (or Ḥájjiya) Khánim-i-Buzurg. It is accompanied by a more legible transcript by the aforesaid scribe.
Mírzá Buzurg seems to have had six wives (unnamed in the list) who bore him children, and who are here distinguished by Roman numbers.
In 1912 five of Fáṭima Khánim’s children, three daughters (Fakhriyya, Ḥamída and Zamzam) and two sons (Muḥammad Khán and Ibráhím Khán), all Azalís, were still living.
Baháʾuʾlláh had two wives, each of whom bore him six children.
In 1251/1835, when 18 years of age, he married Nawwáb, who bore him:
In 1266/1849 he married his cousin Mahd-i-ʿUlyá, who bore him:
Concerning those of Ṣubḥ-i-Azal’s family who came with him to Cyprus and resided or were born there full particulars, abstracted from official documents preserved in the island, were published by me in Vol. ii of my Traveller’s Narrative, pp. 376–386. They included two wives, Fáṭima and Ruqayya; nine sons, of whom the two eldest, Núruʾlláh