Lights of Irfán Writer's Guide
- General Structure
- Transliteration, Fonts, Style
- Submission of paper
- Release Form (PDF)
The article should be transmitted with a cover sheet that bears the title of the
article, name of the author, and his or her return address, telephone number (and
fax number, if available) and email address. Submissions should be about 10 to
12 single-spaced pages (or approximately 5,000 to 6,000 words). Exceptions will
be considered on a case-by-case basis.
We request authors to kindly use full, standard Bahá'í
transliteration. Wherever diacritics are missing we must replace them by hand,
which is time-consuming and expensive. Persian or Arabic words and names should
include the proper accents and diacritical marks as defined by the system of
transliteration used by the Shoghi Effendi. Correct transliteration of most
words can be found by consulting the index pages to Adib Taherzadeh's
Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh series, which can be found online
at bahai-library.org/resources/taherzadeh.indexes. Exceptions include
words and place names that appear in the dictionary without accents (e.g. Baghdad,
Tehran, Sufi, Islam).
Under-dotted letters should be indicated in the text by the insertion of an
@ sign after the letter that should receive an under-dot ( or accent e.g. Muh@ammad, Rid@va@n,
Authors are requested to avoid non-roman fonts (e.g. Arabic, Turkish, or Chinese
characters) where possible. Exceptions can be made when use of a non-roman font
is directly relevant to the text; technical issues regarding foreign font sets
will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
Any foreign terms included in English transliteration should be italicized,
e.g. "Bábís anticipated the coming of He Whom God Shall Make
Manifest (man yuzhiruhu'lláh)." However, following standard
American style, titles of Sacred Writings are not italicized, e.g. the Gospel
"Matthew" or Bahá'u'lláh's "Tablet of Ahmad." References to the
published book itself are italicized, e.g. Gleanings from the Writings of
Bahá'u'lláh. (Some titles overlap, e.g. "Seven Valleys" is
both the name of the Tablet and the name of the published book Seven Valleys.)
Punctuation must be American only (e.g. period before quotation mark). Spelling
may be either British or American. Consult the Chicago Manual of Style
(www.chicagomanualofstyle.org) when in doubt.
All pronouns that refer to God, a Manifestation of God, or the Revelation are
capitalized. This includes not just common pronouns like "He" and "Their," but
also often-overlooked pronouns like Whom, Whose, Each Other, Book, Tablet, Its,
Writings, and so forth. When in doubt, consult the writings of the Guardian.
Authors are free to use either footnotes or endnotes; these will be converted
automatically when the book is formatted in QuarkXPress.
All quotations should be documented and selections from the Sacred Writings should
include complete attributions, including page numbers, to expedite Bahá'í
literature review. Quotations from Bahá'í publications should be
identified by specific editions. Authors are urged to use recent editions of the
Writings and avoid editions that are more than a few decades old--these have often
been revised, sometimes extensively.
References from the Internet must be fully cited in your bibliography. For example,
websites quoted must include the original URL; personal email quoted must include
the sender and the date; public messages quoted (e.g. email from listservers,
Usenet postings from newsgroups) must include sender, date, and forum of posting.
Bibliographic references from periodicals and books must be listed with the article
name in quotation marks and the magazine or book title in italics. All formats
should follow the Chicago Manual of Style. See the following examples:
McCourt, Kathleen. Working Class Women
and Grass-Roots Politics. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1977.
2) Parts of Books
Pound, Ezra. Literary Essays. Edited by T. S. Eliot. New York: New Directions,
When citing chapters or other titled parts of a book, use quotation marks to indicate
the chapter or titled part, and include name of editor:
Stockman, Robert. "Revelation, Interpretation
and Elucidation in the Bahá'í Writings." In Scripture and Revelation,
edited by Moojan Momen. Oxford: George Ronald, 1997.
The data for periodicals should include, in this order: author name, title of
article (placed within quotation marks), title of periodical, issue information
(volume:issue), date, and pages:
Momen, Moojan. "Methodology in Bahá'í Studies." Bahá'í
Studies Review 10:1 (2001): 75-84.
4) Website, listserver posting, private email
Website URLs do not need to include the "http://," as this is machine code and
not part of the URL. Include a date if given. Listserver postings must include
the name of the List. Emails should include the author's address if the author
has given permission for it to be publicly known--i.e., include it if you can
but respect privacy:
Troxel, Duane. "Exotheology in Christianity and the Baha'i Writings" <www.bahai-library.org/unpubl.articles/extraterrestrials.html>.
Lewis, Franklin <firstname.lastname@example.org>. "Lexical change and Baha'i translation."
Posted to Tarjuman <email@example.com>. 22 April 1996.
Rabbani, Ahang <firstname.lastname@example.org>. "Re: Help with Arabic verbs." Private
email sent to author. 07 Mar 1996.
Submission of paper
All papers must be received by January 1st. If your paper is finished
before this date, please send it as soon as it is completed, to help expedite
the review and editing process. Revisions will not be accepted after submissions
are approved for publication, though of course actual errors will be corrected.
All papers must be submitted in electronic form, preferably by email. Please send
your paper in two formats: (1) send us a copy in whatever format you prepared
the original document, e.g. Microsoft Word, Word Perfect, or Nisus Writer; and
(2) include another copy in a "platform-neutral" format, specifically Rich Text
Format (.rtf) or Web Format (.html). In most programs, this can be done by selecting
"Save-As" from the File menu. Sending two versions of your document, one original
and one "neutral," will help avoid computer incompatibilities and formatting errors.
Email correspondence and papers should be sent to both email@example.com
Hard copies, if necessary, may be mailed to
5715 South Kenwood #3N
Chicago, IL 60637
- For editorial matters Dr. Iraj Ayman, general editor:
email , phone 773-493-8560, fax 773-493-8641
- For website or typesetting matters Jonah Winters, computer guy:
email , email for phone number