a Persian religion founded c. 1844 by the Bab (Mirza Ali Mohammed): it forbids begging, drinking alcoholic liquors, buying and selling slaves, having more than one wife, etc.
A 19th-century religious movement arising out of Shiism that asserted a new revelation and a new law, claiming to supersede Islamic law and demanding extensive social reforms. One of its followers founded the Baha'i faith in 1863.
Origin of BabismAfter the Bab
From Bab (Persian باب bâb a gate), the title assumed by the founder, Siyyid `Alí Muhammad.