Papers delivered at the Irfán Colloquium Session #125 (English)
Centre for Bahá'í Studies: Acuto, ItalyJune 30 – July 3, 2014.
Bab’s letters to Muhammad Sháh, The
by Armin Eschraghi
Baha'u'llah, The Divine Physician
by Hooman Momen
Baha’i Way of Life, The: A Research Proposal
by Iraj Ayman
“Let deeds, not words, be your adorning.” Having knowledge of the Bahá’í way of life while necessary for conducting life as recommended in the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, does not, by itself, guarantee actualization of such knowledge in the daily life of individual believers. Bahá’í ethics, as revealed by Bahá’u’lláh, includes recommended standards and guidelines for Bahá’í way of moral behavior. He also calls on the individual to bring himself to account each and every day before being called upon to give account for his/her deeds. This procedure requires quantifying quality of deeds on daily basis. Mastering moral conduct, as recommended in the Writings, is a process and not an event. It is the process of gradually habituating to desired behavior. Therefore, we need a method for daily measurement of the progress of our deeds towards the ideal behavior. In this presentation a research proposal will be discussed for achieving such a goal.
Breaking Through Cultural Barriers: Migration and Change in the Baha'i Faith
by Moojan Momen
Buddhism and the Baha'i Faith
by Akerdahl Peo-Olloff
Challenges and Problems Faced by Translators of the Bahá’í Writings
by Armin Eschraghi
Comparative Study of Súriy-i-Sabr and Qayyúmu’l-Asmá, A: Clarification of References to Calf, Sámirí, Satan, and Idol Worshipers
by Foad Seddigh
This paper takes a closer look at Súriy-i-Sabr (Surih Sabr) - a significant Tablet which is sometimes referred to by other names, and was revealed on the first day of Ridván 1863. In order to better understand the contents of this Tablet, the events in the life of Bahá’u’lláh during the last few weeks prior to his exile to Istanbul (Constantinople) and Adrianople (Edirne) are reviewed. Sabr is an Arabic word meaning patience, and Súriy-i-Sabr (Surih Sabr) derives its name from the attribute of 'patience' which is the starting theme of this Tablet. Ayyúb (Job) is one of the prophets of Israel who exhibited these qualities, having lived a life synonymous with patience. Ayyúb is also a name conferred by Bahá’u’lláh on an individual who showed the attribute of patience in the path of God and was steadfast in allegiance to his Lord, the Báb. This paper examines the significance of the devotion and heroic acts of Siyyid Yahyá Dárábí, Vahíd, and events of Nayríz.
Examination of the Baha'i teachings on shared prosperity and poverty eradication, An
by Wendi Momen
The goal of shared prosperity captures two key elements, economic growth and equity. Without sustained economic growth, poor people are unlikely to increase their living standards. Effective corrective action will require a number of approaches, including: every person having access to an income adequate to meet basic needs and favoring those who produce real value through productive work; recycling wealth from those who have far more than they need at the top to those at the bottom who lack access to the basic essentials; equitable land use and development policies; broad participation in ownership and access to commonwealth.
by Mehrdad Ehsani
Review of the Tablets of Baha’u’lláh Addressed to Hand of the Cause Ibn Abhar, A
by Vahid Rafati
Review of the Writings of `Abdu’l-Bahá addressed to Hand of the Cause Ibn Abhar, A
by Vahid Rafati
Sáqí, bi-dih ábí — O Cup-Bearer, give me a drop: A hymn to love offered by the Blessed Beauty
by Julio Savi
This is one among eight Persian poems Bahá'u'lláh signed “Dervish.” They were most probably written in Kurdistan, where Bahá’u’lláh remained from 10 April 1854 to 19 March 1856. It is a ghazal, meaning a mystical "song" or "elegy of love" about The Beloved, being God or His representative on earth.
Women and Wisdom in Scripture
by Baharieh Rouhani Ma'ani
In this paper the treatment of women in religion, the direct and indirect influence of the Babi and Bahá’í Faiths in raising awareness about women’s plight and transforming attitudes towards them across the globe, the role of linguistic biases in degrading women’s status, the role of wisdom in preparing the ground for gender equality, and finally the need for vigilance to prevent past shortcomings from infiltrating our way of thinking and behaving will be discussed.