Kitáb-i-Iqán, From Bábí to Bahá'í Dispensation

By Faris Badii

First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #113
Louhelen Bahá'í School: Davison, Michigan, USA
October 5–8, 2012
(see list of papers from #113)

    Even though the "Persian Bayán" is the mother-book of the Bábí Dispensation, the Báb left it incomplete. The Báb prophesied that "Him Whom God Shall Make Manifest" will complete it. The revelation of the Kitáb-i-Iqán fulfilled this prophecy. In this presentation various features of the style of the revelation of the Persian Bayán and the style of the revelation of the Kitáb-i-Iqán are considered. We will show how this "priceless treasure" acted as a bridge arcing the gap between these two Dispensations. Further, the significance of the Kitáb-i-Iqán within the ranks of the writings of Bahá'u'lláh, as well as some if its intrinsic features, will be discussed. The statement of the Guardian that this magnificent book "occupies a position unequalled by any work in the entire range of Bahá'í literature, except the Kitáb-i-Aqdas" will be discussed.

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