Papers delivered at the ‘Irfán Colloquium Session #51 (English)

Louhelen Bahá'í School: Michigan USA

October 10–13, 2003.

Abdu'l-Bahá's Tablet addressed to Abul-Fadl Gulpayegani in relation to the ascension of Bahá'u'llah

by Mona Iman


Bab's Sermon at Jeddah, The

by Stephen Lambden


Book of Bayan (Panel)

by Muhammad Afnan and Muin Afnani, Habib Riazati


Concept and Significance of "Manifestation" in the Writings of the Bab, The

by Habib Riazati


Early Shaykhi Reaction to the Claims of the Bab, An

by William McCants


Introductory Review of Bahá'u'lláh's Lawh-i-Qina', An

by S. Quinn

In 1867–68, Bahá'u'lláh addressed Karim Khan Kirmání in his Lawh-i Qiná` (Tablet of the Veil) in response to Kirmání's Risálah dar Javáb-i Su'alát-i Mulla Jamal-i Bábí (A Treatise in Response to Mulla Jamal-i-Bábí's Questions). The Lawh-i Qiná` is a wide-ranging Tablet covering themes such as grammatical points in the Writings of the Báb, references to Kirmání in the Qur'an, and rejections of the Qur'an in the early periods of Islam. The purpose of this paper is to place the Lawh-i Qiná` in historical context, and demonstrate how that context explains certain elements in the Tablet, including those listed above. Indeed, a number of similar themes run through Kirmíní's Irshád al-`avám (Guidance of Common People), Bahá'u'lláh's Kitáb-i Iqán, and the Lawh-i Qiná`. The paper will include provisional translations of sample passages from the Lawh-i Qiná`.
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Kuntu Kanz (Panel)

by Muin Afnani and Moujan Khadem


Lawh-i-Aflakiyyih (Tablet of Universe)

by Muhammad Afnan

Also presented in Persian.

Model and Idols: Towards a New Philosophy of Community of Mind

by Shahbaz Fatheazam

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Strong Readers of Sacred Texts: Babi-Bahá'i Semiotics

by J. Vahid Brown