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Babism /

Followers of Bab, people belonging to Babism.
Babis themselves prefer the designation ahl-i bayan. Due to persecutions from the earliest times of Babism, the Babis formed a political entity in order to provide for their own safety. Groups of babis sought refuge at new locations. A group turning the sanctuary of a shaykh into a fortress surrendered to the Muslims in 1849, yet all of them were executed. Another group, defending the town of Zanjan, were defeated in 1850.
The schism between Subh-i Azal and Baha'ullah, left the followers of the former in low numbers, while the latter went on to form Baha'i.
There are still Babis, but a few in number who live in southern Uzbekistan.

By Tore Kjeilen