About the ‘Irfán Colloquium session #109 (English)

Bosch Bahá'í School: Santa Cruz, California USA

May 16–20, 2012.

`Irfán Colloquium will be held in the beautiful surroundings of Bosch Bahá'í School that provides a restful and refreshing environment for the participants. Irfán program includes presentations on systematic Bahá'í 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 centenary celebration of `Abdu'l-Bahá's visit North America in 1912, some of the presentation will be related to that historic event. Program also includes intervals of musical performances. `Irfán Colloquium takes place in an informal and collegial atmosphere, which provides a unique opportunity for meeting and associating with those interested in systematic Bahá'í studies. Participants receive a free set of the recent `Irfán publications. Program starts at dinner time on Wednesday May 16 and ends after Lunch on Sunday May 20, 2012.

Topics of the Presentations: `Abdu'l-Bahá's America: A retrospective glimpse of the socio-cultural, religious, political and economic milieu of 1912, Understanding Reality: Bahá'u'lláh's "Four States" of Man, Reason and the Bahá'i Writings, Ethics Based on Science Alone?, An overview of the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Bahá with regards to Iranian Constitutional Movement, Unity and Universality in Education: A guideline given in the talks of `Abdu'l-Bahá, Background and Dimensions of Ridwan, Some Introductory Notes on the Twelver Imams and the Traditions attributed to them, The Bab's Sahifa-yi 'Adliyya, The Concept of Oneness (Tawhid-i-Haqiqi) in the Realms of God, Revelation and Creation in the Bahá'í Writings, The synopsis of shared concepts and Themes in the Persian Bayan & the Kitáb-i- Iqán, Exploring and comparing the concept of value from an economic, social and spiritual viewpoints,The Organic Function of Prophecy in Bahá'i Context, The Dao of Bahá: Laozi and the Bahá'i Faith, Women's poetry in early Qajar Iran: Some context to Tahirih's poetry, Role of Principles in The Bahá'i Faith - Principles & Fashion

Presenters: Hussein Ahdieh, Iraj Ayman, Faris Badiee, Dominic Parviz Brookshaw, Roland Faber, Wolfgang Klebel, Ian Kluge, Farjam Majd, Ramin Neshati, Steve Lambden, Sholeh Quinn, Habib Riazati, Farhad Sabetan, James Thomas, and Mina Yazdani.

Music & Songs Performers: Firooz Mohtadi, Fares Hedayati, Sonbol Taefi, Shahrdad Jalalizadeh, Sameem Saadat, Moein Vahdat, Sholeh Nooshabadi

Registration and Reservation of Accommodations: Bosch Bahá'í School: Tel. 831-423-3387. E-mail bosch@usbnc.org, www.bosch@usbnc.org

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