"By the Fig and the Olive":
A Tablet of `Abdu'l-Bahá in Ottoman-Turkish on the Quranic Sura 95

By Necati Alkan

First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #36
London School of Economics: London, England
July 13–15, 2001
(see list of papers from #36)

    For the first time an Ottoman-Turkish Tablet by `Abdu'l-Bahá will be presented. The original text appears in a collection of Tablets and Prayers by `Abdu'l-Bahá in Ottoman-Turkish . `Abdu'l-Bahá comments on the verse By the Fig and the Olive (wa't-tin wa'z-zaytun), indeed, He presents a commentary on the entire sura. The four sacred symbols Fig, Olive, Mount Sinai and Mecca, "the City of security" will be studied in Biblical, and Qur'anic context previous to `Abdu'l-Bahá's exegesis in this Tablet.

    This paper is online at bahai-library.com/alkan_fig_olive, and the translation is online at bahai-library.com/abdul-baha_alkan_fig_olive.