A Bahai man I know read the information below and said it was accurate and was impressed, but then he did not read the whole book either.
Mankind's Search for God chap. 12 pp. 304-305 Islām?The Way to God by Submission ***
The Bahā´ī Faith?Seeking World Unity
1 The Bahā´ī faith is not a sect of Islām but is an offshoot of the Bābī religion, a group in Persia (today Iran) that broke away from the Shī`ite branch of Islām in 1844. The leader of the Bābīs was Mīrzā `Alī Mohammad of Shīrāz, who proclaimed himself the Bāb ("the Gate") and the imām-mahdī ("rightly guided leader") from the line of Muhammad. He was executed by the Persian authorities in 1850. In 1863 Mīrzā Hoseyn Alī Nūrī, a prominent member of the Bābī group, "declared himself to be ?He whom God will make manifest,? whom the Bāb had foretold." He also took the name Bahā´ Ullāh ("Glory of God") and formed a new religion, the Bahā´ī faith.
2 Bahā´ Ullāh was banished from Persia and was eventually imprisoned in Acco (today Acre, Israel). There he wrote his main work, al-Kitāb al-Aqdas (The Most Holy Book), and developed the doctrine of the Bahā´ī faith into a comprehensive teaching. At Bahā´ Ullāh?s death, the leadership of the fledgling religion passed to his son `Abd ol-Bahā´, then to his great-grandson, Shoghi Effendi Rabbānī, and in 1963 to an elected administrative body known as the Universal House of Justice.
3 Bahā´īs believe that God has revealed himself to man by means of "Divine Manifestations," including Abraham, Moses, Krishna, Zoroaster, the Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, the Bāb, and Bahā´ Ullāh. They believe that these messengers were provided to guide mankind through an evolutionary process in which the appearance of the Bāb initiated a new age for mankind. The Bahā´īs say that to date his message is the fullest revelation of God?s will and that it is the primary God-given instrument that will make world unity possible.?1 Timothy 2:5, 6.
4 One of the basic precepts of Bahā´ī is "that all the great religions of the world are divine in origin, that their basic principles are in complete harmony." They "differ only in the nonessential aspects of their doctrines."?2 Corinthians 6:14-18; 1 John 5:19, 20.
5 Bahā´ī beliefs include the oneness of God, the soul?s immortality, and the evolution (biological, spiritual, and social) of mankind. On the other hand, they reject the common concept of angels. They also reject the Trinity, the reincarnation teaching of Hinduism, and man?s fall from perfection and subsequent ransom through the blood of Jesus Christ.?Romans 5:12; Matthew 20:28.
6 The brotherhood of man and the equality of women are major features of Bahā´ī belief. Bahā´īs practice monogamy. At least once a day, they pray any one of three prayers revealed by Bahā´ Ullāh. They practice fasting from sunup to sundown during the 19 days of the Bahā´ī month of `Alā, which falls in March. (The Bahā´ī calendar consists of 19 months, each having 19 days, with certain intercalary days.)
7 The Bahā´ī faith does not have many set rituals, nor does it have clergy. Any who profess faith in Bahā´ Ullāh and accept his teachings may be enrolled as members. They meet for worship on the first day of every Bahā´ī month.
8 The Bahā´īs see themselves as having the mission of the spiritual conquest of the planet. They try to spread their faith through conversation, example, participation in community projects, and information campaigns. They believe in absolute obedience to the laws of the country in which they reside, and though they vote, they abstain from participation in politics. They prefer noncombatant duty in the armed forces when possible but are not conscientious objectors.
9 As a missionary religion, Bahā´ī has experienced rapid growth in the last few years. The Bahā´īs estimate that there are nearly 5,000,000 believers worldwide, though actual adult enrollment in the faith is presently a little over 2,300,000.
The Bahā´ī shrine at the world headquarters in Haifa, Israel