In the last half of the 19th century C.E., Baha'u'llah claimed to bring to humanity the latest teachings from God, which are intended to bring peace and unity to the world. He was preceded by the Bab.
Many of the Baha'i scriptures were composed in dialogue with questioners raising issues of religious, social, and political concern. Baha'u'llah claimed that the teachings he brought were suited to the needs of the modern world.
Baha'u'llah is the founder of the Baha'i faith and the main source of its teachings. He was preceded by a forerunner, the Bab, and succeeded by 'Abdu'l-Baha, who was appointed the authorized interpreter of Baha'u'llah's teachings.
The writings of Baha'u'llah are regarded by Baha'is as being divine revelation and form the core of Baha'i scripture. The writings of the Bab and 'Abdu'l-Baha are also regarded as scripture.
Scholarship on the Baha'i faith has been patchy both in its coverage and quality. It has ranged from thinly disguised attacks on the religion to serious works focusing on a few areas of the religion.