Irfan Colloquia Services and Activities

See pictures and news at our Facebook page. The `Irfán Colloquium started in 1993 and has continued to be held annually in North America and Europe. `Irfán activities aim at fostering systematic studies of the scriptures of the world's religions from the Bahá'í­ perspective and promoting scholarly studies in the sacred writings, verities, and fundamental principles of the belief system of the Bahá'í­ Faith. The programs of these colloquia also include presentations of the interface between the Bahá'í­ Faith and various religions and schools of thought. Annual colloquia and seminars are held separately in the English, German and Persian languages at the Center for Bahá'í­ Studies, Acuto, Italy; Louhelen Bahá'í­ School, Michigan, USA; Bosch Bahá'í­ School, California, USA; and the Tambach Conference Center in Germany.

`Irfán Colloquia provide an opportunity for dialogue, networking and team-building among those engaged in Bahá'í­ studies. It is also a unique occasion for all those attending these gatherings to meet and associate with researchers and scholars and benefit from their presentations. A lighter program including poetry, music and song is offered in the evenings. Participants receive a set of `Irfán publications.

'Irfán is a Persian-Arabic word referring to mystical, theological, and spiritual knowledge. `Irfán Colloquium was launched, and the colloquia are being held, with the sponsorship of Haj Mehdi Arjmand Memorial Fund in memory of Haj Mehdi Arjmand (1861-1941). `Irfán Colloquia are organized under the auspices of the National Spiritual Assemblies of the Bahá'í­s of the countries where they are held.

Annual Publications of the `Irfán Colloquium, online at Publications:

  • Safini-yi 'Irfán: Papers Presented at the `Irfán Colloquia (in Persian)
  • Lights of `Irfán: Papers Presented at the `Irfán Colloquia and Seminars (in English)
  • Beiträge des 'Irfán-Kolloquiums: 'Irfán-Studien zum Bahá'í­-Schrifttum (in German)

Contact the `Irfán Colloquia:
    Iraj Ayman
    Tel: (773) 493-8560 or (847) 733-3501
    Fax: (847) 733-3527
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