In 1848, Tahere Qurrat al'Ayn [solace of the eye], an Islamic scholar, orator and leader of the Babi movement appeared in the first recorded instance of public unveiling: "Tahirih, with her face unveiled, stepped from her garden, advancing to the pavilion of Baha'ullah; and as she came, she shouted aloud these words: 'The trumpet is sounding! The great Trump is blown! The universal advent is now proclaimed!' The believers gathered in that tent were panic struck, and each one asked himself, 'How can the Law be abrogated? How is it that this woman stands here without her veil?"

'Abdul Baha, quoted in: Farzaneh Milani. Veils and Words. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1992. P 86.