Islamic and Baha'i Interpretations of the tradition "He who knoweth himself knoweth his Lord"

By Faris Badii

First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #130
Bosch Bahá'í School: Santa Cruz, California
May 22–25, 2015
(see list of papers from #130)

    The purpose of interpretation is to reveal the inner meaning of a verse of Quran or a tradition. Historically, various methods of interpretation have been utilized to arrive at the inner meaning and real purpose of the verses of Quran or traditions. These methods have resulted in significantly various outcomes and understandings. In this presentation, an overview of various methods of interpretation utilized by scholars is followed by specific focus on the well known tradition of "He who knoweth himself knoweth his Lord". Our study shall include the Islamic interpretations as well as those found in the tablets revealed by Baha'u'llah.

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