About the ‘Irfán Colloquium session #104 (English)

Centre for Bahá'í Studies: Acuto, Italy

July 9–12, 2011.

`Irfán Colloquium is a friendly gathering held in an informal and collegial atmosphere, which provides a unique opportunity for meeting and associating with those interested in systematic Bahá'í studies. Beautiful surroundings of the Acuto Centre is a restful and refreshing environment for the participants. `Irfán program includes presentations by scholars from different countries on systematic studies in fundamental principles of the Bahá'í beliefs, the Writings of the Central Figures of the Bahá'í Faith, and the interface between the Bahá'í Faith and current intellectual and religious trends. On the occasion of the centenary celebration of `Abdu'l-Bahá's visit to Europe and North America,1911-191, the program also includes presentations related to that historic event. Participants of the `Irfán Colloquium receive a free set of recent `Irfán publications. Program starts at dinner time on Saturday 9 July and ends after dinner on the last on 12 July 2011. `Irfán Colloquium in Persian language precedes the English program and will be held at the Acuto Centre from July 2-8, 2011.

Contact hosting institutions for registration and reservation of accommodations:

`Irfán Colloquium's contact address:
Tel: +1-847-733-5301
E-mail: info@irfancolloquia.org

Acuto Centre for Bahá'í Studies
Tel. 39-0775-56061
E-mail: lapanoramicahotel@gmail.com

Discovering Pearls in the Ocean of His Words
Centenary Celebration of `Abdu'l-Bahá's Travels and Talks in Europe and North America

Sunday 10 July A.M.: The Teaching of `Abdu'l-Bahá

Vahid Rafati
`Abdu'l-Bahá's Commentaries on Qur'an

Vargha Taefi
Towards Building a Teaching Strategy: 'Abdul-Bahá's Public Addresses in the West

Wendi Momen
`Abdu'l-Bahá's Encounter with Modernity during His Travels to the West

Sunday 10 July P.M.: `Abdu'l-Bahá in the West

Vahid Rafati
Philosophical concepts in the Talks of `Abdu'l-Bahá

Will C. van den Hoonard
`Abdu'l-Bahá's visit to Canada

Iraj Ayman
`Abdu'l-Bahá in Edinburgh

Monday 11 July A.M.: Ideas and Concepts in Babi and Bahá'i scripture I

Habib Riazati
Unsealing the Sealed Wine: Slaying the dragon of dogmatism in the Writings of the Báb

Moojan Momen
Apocalyptic Thinking and Process Thinking: A Bahá'i Contribution to Religious Thought

Ami Schrager
Proverbs meets the Hidden Words: some preliminary notes

Monday 11 July P.M.: The Writings of Bahá'u'lláh

Julio Savi
Bahá'u'llah's Persian poems written before 1863

Iscander Tinto
Unity and Justice in the Writings of Bahá'u'llah and Abdu'l-Bahá

Tuesday       12 July A.M.: Ideas and Concepts in Bábí and       Bahá'í Scriptures II

Moshe Sharon
Valleys as a symbol

Habib Riazati
The Principle of the Continuity of Appearance of Manifestations of God and Unity of Religions in the Writings of the Báb

Armin Eschraghi
Some Notes on the Background and Addressee of Bahá'u'lláh's last major work, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf (1891)

Tuesday P.M.: Human Potential

Faraneh Vargha-Khadem
The genetic basis of our uniquely human ability - the gift of speech and language.

Lua Wilkinson
Childhood Malnutrition and Poverty: The Bahá'i Perspective

Bahman Mohajerin
On Sustainability & Prevalence of Violence