Lights of Irfan volume 3


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Lights of `Irfán

Papers Presented at the
`Irfán Colloquia and Seminars

Book III

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.

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159 B.E. 2002 C.E.

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                          Table of Contents  
    
  Preface.................................................................iii    
        
  A Journey through the Seven Valleys  
      Ghasem Bayat..........................................................1  

  The beginning that hath no beginning: Bahá'í­ Cosmogony 
      Vahid Brown..........................................................21  

  Knowledge, Certitude and the Mystical Heart:  
  The Hidden Essence of God's Word  
      LeRoy Jones..........................................................41  

  The Báb's Epistle on the Spiritual Journey towards God  
      Todd Lawson..........................................................49  

  From Adam to Bahá'u'lláh: The Idea of a Chain of Prophecy  
      Zaid Lundberg........................................................59  

  The Wronged One: Shí­'í­ Narrative Structure in Bahá'u'lláh's  
  Tablet of Visitation for Mullá Husayn  
      William McCants......................................................83  

  The Mystical Dimensions of the Bahá'í­ Administrative Order  
      Kavian Milani........................................................95  

  Mysticism and the Bahá'í­ Community  
      Moojan Momen........................................................107  

  The Lawh-i-Mánikjí­ Sáhib: introduction and provisional translation  
      Ramin Neshati.......................................................121  

  The Seven Valleys and the Scientific Method  
      Robert Sarracino....................................................129  

  Theological Responses to Modernity in the Nineteenth-century Middle East  
      Oliver Scharbrodt...................................................139  

  Mysticism in African Traditional Religion and in the Bahá'í­ Faith:  
  Classification of Concepts and Practices  
      Enoch Tanyi.........................................................155  

  An Exposition on the Fire Tablet by Bahá'u'lláh  
      James Thomas........................................................173  

  The Influence of Bábí­ Teachings on Ling Ming Tang  
  and Nineteenth-century China  
      Jianping Wang.......................................................185  
    
  Appendix  
      contents of previous volumes of Lights of 'Irfán....................201