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List of the standard abbreviations of all published Sacred Writings and other canonical Bahá'í texts.
No formal list of abbreviations exists, but such a list can be derived from abbreviations used by the Baha'i World Centre. First, a partial list is in Messages from the Universal House of Justice 1963-86 page xxx. Second, the BWC downloads site had a list of their filename abbreviations at []. Those two have been combined, below. Items not included in those two lists have been given "provisional" abbreviations, below, marked by *.

Abbreviations of the Bahá'í Writings

compiled by Jonah Winters and Brett Zamir.

Click here to see a description of some uses for your own PC or Mac for these abbreviations.

ABL'Abdu’l-Bahá in London
ADJAdvent of Divine Justice
ADP'Abdul-Baha on Divine Philosophy
AROArohanui: Letters from Shoghi Effendi to New Zealand
BABahá’í Administration
BEBaha’i Education (compilation)
BKBahíyyih Khánum
BNBahá’í News
BNEBahá’u’lláh and the New Era
BPBahá’í Prayers
BS *Bahá'í Scriptures
BWThe Bahá’í World
BWFBahá'í World Faith
CCCompilation of Compilations volumes 1-3
CFCitadel of Faith
CLCentury of Light
CNCall to the Nations: Extracts from the Writings of Shoghi Effendi
CUHJConstitution of the Universal House of Justice
DGDirectives from the Guardian
DNDDawn of a New Day
ESWEpistle to the Son of the Wolf
FL *Fire and Light
FSTSFrom Strength to Strength
FWUFoundations of World Unity
GDMGems of Divine Mysteries
GPBGod Passes by
GWBGleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh
HEHigh Endeavours
HWHidden Words
INBA *Iranian National Bahá'í Archives (also called INBAMC, Iranian National Bahá'í Archive Manuscript Collection)
JWTAJapan Will Turn Ablaze!
LANZLetters from the Guardian to Australia and New Zealand
LDGLight of Divine Guidance volumes 1-2
LGLights of Guidance
MAMessages to America
MAN *Messages to the Antipodes
MBWMessages to the Bahá’í World
MCMessages to Canada
MFMemorials of the Faithful
MOTC * Ministry of the Custodians
MSEI * Messages of Shoghi Effendi to the Indian Subcontinent
MUHJ63 * Messages from the Universal House of Justice 1963-1986
MUHJ68 * Messages from the Universal House of Justice 1968-1973
PBProclamation of Bahá’u’lláh
PBAPrinciples of Bahá'í Administration compilation
PDCPromised Day Is Come
PMPrayers and Meditations
PPPriceless Pearl
PRHProsperity of Humankind
PTParis Talks
PUPPromulgation of Universal Peace
PWPPromise of World Peace
SAQSome Answered Questions
SBStatement on Bahá’u’lláh
SBSSelections from Bahá’í Scriptures
SCKASynopsis and Codification of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas
SCHScholarship (compilation)
SDCSecret of Divine Civilization
SLHSummons from the Lord of Hosts
SVFVSeven Valleys and the Four Valleys
SWStar of the West
SWABSelections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
SWBSelections from the Writings of the Báb
TABTablets of Abdul-Baha Abbas volumes 1-3
TAFTablet to Auguste Forel
TBTablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed after the Kitáb-i-Aqdas
TDH *This Decisive Hour (new version of Messages to America)
TDPTablets of the Divine Plan
TNA Traveller’s Narrative
TUTabernacle of Unity
UDUnfolding Destiny
WH * Wider Horizon: Selected Messages of the Universal House of Justice 1983-1992
WOBWorld Order of Bahá’u’lláh
WTWill and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
    * "Provisional" abbreviation, not included in Messages 1963-86 or (link to

1. Browser Shortcuts

Uses of these shortcuts include being used for using specially enabled features of web browsers (or other applications) to allow the user to type a shortcut representing a specific book followed by a string (such as a page or paragraph number or search item) and then be brought to that page or paragraph of the book (or to a set of search results within that item), in most cases to a page of the Sacred Writings here at Bahá'í Library Online.

For example, you might type control-L (or command-L) to be brough to your browser's URL window, then type a shortcut (say, "gwb" for the book Gleanings) followed by a space and a page number (say, "52"), and the program would bring you to , or in other words, to page 52 of Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh here at Bahá'í Library Online

In addition to the abbreviations above, adding the letter "p" to the shortcuts will usually bring one to a paragraph number for the text, if paragraphs exist in the document in question (e.g., "kap" could be used for "Kitáb-i-Aqdas paragraph"). In a few cases, "s" is used similarly to denote a section (e.g., "gwbs" for a section number of Gleanings). The letter "y" is also used after book abbreviations to perform a Yahoo site search for text within that specific book (or collection); just type the search string after the abbreviation (e.g,. "gwby God" would search Gleanings for "God").

If you prefer to get quickly to the Writings from menus rather than having to remember shortcuts, you might be interested in using Jump-to-page site which has a menu of all of the Sacred Writings, and then one simply needs to type a page (or paragraph or section) number and hit return to go to it directly.

PC or Macintosh

Firefox or Mozilla provide this functionality through "Custom Keywords". You can download a set of our pre-made shortcuts for a bookmarks file here. If you save this file on your hard-drive, be sure to find-and-replace all instances of "& amp;" (without the space) (if your browser generates them when saving an HTML file) with "&" in the source code (or avoid this by copying and pasting the source code directly from the live version and create your own local HTML file), go to Firefox's Bookmarks Manager (i.e., "Manage Bookmarks..."), and choose "import" from the menu. You should then choose the option to import from a file, and then find our bookmarks file on your hard-drive. You should then be able to use the shortcuts provided. You can find out what the shortcuts are by looking either at the Bookmarks properties, or by finding the bookmarks in the Bookmarks Manager and having "keywords" selected to appear in your view of the Bookmarks Manager columns. The keywords are listed here and are mostly intuitive, however, so you will probably not need to consult them often. Just remember to separate the keyword and search term (or page number) with a space.

If you wish to be able to use the search sites to search highlighted text in your browser (activated by clicking the right mouse button (contextual menu)), you can install this extension.

Regarding other Bahá'í-related Mozilla-type program, see also here and here.

Macintosh only

For the Macintosh, one can also get the free software, Sogudi, to use with the web browser Safari. We have a list of pre-made shortcuts saved as a Sogudi preferences file here.

If one also obtains the free software, "Quicksilver" and a free plugin (search the page for "Sogudi"), then one can also access these shortcuts not only from within the URL window of Safari, but also, after typing a keyboard shortcut to access the program (the default command is apple-space), one can get them globally (i.e., from whatever program you are in).

Likewise, the program Saft also for Safari (at the time of writing, $12 USD), can allow for shortcuts. In addition, these shortcuts become available as additional options through the Safari search bar as well as in contextual menu searches. (One could also use Saft's sidebar feature to save our scripture search page or similar Bahá'í search pages as a local HTML file to become accessible from the sidebar (see the instructions), as well as our RSS pages as RSS feeds.) To download the shortcuts ready for Saft import, download the file here and then go to Safari, choose preferences, choose Saft, choose the shortcuts submenu, and then click on the small-left arrow towards the bottom and middle of the window to select and import your locally-saved file.

Other programs may have such functionality. Please contact us if you can adapt our preferences file and shortcuts for your browser.

2. Wiki Shortcuts

Our wiki site has added these abbreviations to our "interwiki" list, so that it is possible for one to use the shortcuts in place of URL's within the wiki code. For example, to link to page 15 of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, one simply needs to type [[ka:15|]] into the wiki edit window (the double-brackets make a link and the pipe symbol after the number is shorthand for saying that the text preceding the pipe but after the colon is what should appear as the face of the link).
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