An Overview of the Tablets Revealed in the Early 'Akká Period

By Iraj Ayman

First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #24
Louhelen Bahá'í School: Michigan, USA
October 8–12, 1999
(see list of papers from #24)

    Among the published books and tablets revealed by Bahá'u'lláh about forty-seven could be documented that belong to the early 'Akká period. Thirty of them have specific titles or designations and the other seventeen lack such designations.

    In addition to the Kitáb-i-Aqdas and the Questions and Answers, the rest may be classified into the following categories: Tablets addressed to the Kings and Rulers (seven Tablets), those addressed to Zoroastrians (three Tablets), those addressed to Christians or related to Christianity (two or three Tablets), Tribulations and Sufferings (about five Tablets), as well as a number of Tablets dealing with specific subjects such as philosophy, medicine, unity, proofs, vision (dream), and Beirut. There are important and famous Tablets as well, such as Lawh-i-Maqsud, Lawh-i-Qina', and Lawh-i-Ridvanu'l Adl.

    The above Tablets, their designations, and the varieties of their categorization and classification will be briefly presented and discussed.

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