An Analytical Study of the Covenant in the Lawh-i-Ahmad (Arabic)

By Todd Lawson

First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #18
Trent Park Campus: London, England
August 21–24, 1998
(see list of papers from #18)

    The Tablet of Ahmad is identified as one of the more powerful of Bahá'u'lláh's Writings. I would like to explore the nature of this power through a close examination of the vocabulary and style of the text. The starting point for this discussion will be a discussion of words which are directly connected with divine authority. In the process we will observe also the way in which the four elements and pairs of opposites appear in the prayer and offer some provisional conclusions on the significance of this for a broader understanding of the Bahá'í teachings.

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