This scene depicts when Nasiri’d-Din Shah, the king of Persia, met with Tahirih, offering to marry her if she recanted her faith. Tahirih turned down the offer with poetry: “Kingdom, wealth, and power for thee / Beggary, exile, and loss for me / If the former be good, it’s thine / If the latter is hard, it’s mine.”
An actor playing Tahirih’s cousin, who played an important role in connecting her to the intellectual and religious thought movements in society, speaks with two other relatives of Tahirih in a scene of the play.
In this scene, Tahirih, left, meets with the wife of Siyyid Kazim, an important religious leader whose followers were awaiting the imminent coming of a Messenger of God.
Actors from the play Daughter of the Sun stand for the audience’s final applause during their debut performance on 8 July.
Audience members give Daughter of the Sun a standing ovation in its debut earlier this month.
The performance was held at the Azerbaijan State Academic National Drama Theatre in Baku. (Photo by Urek Meniashvili, accessed through Wikimedia Commons)
This photo of Tahirih’s home in Qazvin, Iran, was taken in the 1930s.