From the cave to the Khanqah:
Baha'u'llah in Kurdistan, a reconsideration

By Ami Schrager

Presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #146
Centre for Bahá'í­ Studies: Acuto, Italy
July 5–9, 2017
(see list of papers from #146)

    After spending a meaningful period in the caves of Sargalu mountains in Kurdistan, Bahāʾu'llāh decided to end his solitude and return to society. This crucial transition has few versions which describes how Bahāʾu'llāh transformed from an unknown Darwīsh to a famous Shaykh.

    This presentation will re-examine the different versions of the account from its basic original tradition till the formal Bahāʾī version in "God Passes By". Hopefully, the examination of this important account will help us learn how a "story" turns into a "holy history".

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