Lights of Irfan volume 12

Lights of Irfan volume 12
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Lights of `Irfán

Papers Presented at the
`Irfán Colloquia and Seminars

Book XII

Papers published in Lights of `Irfán represent the views of their authors.
Reproductions from this compilation are permitted provided
that the sources and authors are clearly indicated.

'Irfán Colloquia
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General Editor Iraj Ayman
Manuscript Edited by Omid Nolley and Jonah Winters
Artwork by Trey Yancy
Graphic Design by Majid Nolley, majidnolley.com
Sponsored by the Haj Mehdi Arjmand Memorial Fund
168 B.E. 2011 C.E.
ISBN 978-3-942426-03-9

Copyright © 2011, Haj Mehdi Arjmand Memorial Fund

                        Table of Contents  
    
  Preface............................................................................i 
 
  The Travels of áAbdu'l-Bahá and their Impact on the Press 
      by Amin Egea...................................................................1

  The Essence of Man 
      by Wolfgang A. Klebel.........................................................27

  Neo-Platonism and the Bahá'í­ Faith, Part II  
      by Ian Kluge.................................................................105

  Preparing Baha'i Communities to Embrace Gender Equality  
      by Baharieh Rohani Ma'ani....................................................195

  Perfection and Refinement: Towards an Aesthetics of the Bab  
      by Moojan Momen..............................................................221

  The Duty of Kindness and Sympathy Towards Strangers  
      by Julio Savi................................................................245

  Mayflowers in the Ville Lumií¨re 
      by Julio Savi................................................................281

  The Indispensability of Consultation  
      by Ian Semple................................................................309

  The Mystery of Divinity 
      by James B. Thomas...........................................................329


  Elucidations
  
  Speaking on Socio-Political Order................................................353

  Teaching the Cause of God: A Two-Edged Sword
      Ali Nakhjavani...............................................................359

  Relativism, A Theological and Cognitive Basis for Bahá'í­ Ideas about God and the Spiritual World
      Moojan Momen.................................................................367


  Appendices

  Bibliography of Bahá'í­ Writings and abbreviations used in this book..............401

  Contents of Lights of 'Irfán Books One-Eleven....................................402

  Publications of the 'Irfán Colloquia.............................................413