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Abstract:
Comparative study of tafsir, exegesis, and theology in the Qur'an and the Kitab-i-Iqan. Includes Persian translation.
Notes:
See also the following reviews of this book: Review by Frank Lewis, in Bahá'í Studies Review, vol. 6 (1996); Review by Jonah Winters, in Iranian Studies 32:1 (1999); and Review by Jonah Winters, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 9:3 (1999). See also "An Introduction to Bahá'u'lláh's Book of Certitude" and "Dating Bahá'u'lláh's Book of Certitude" (offsite). See also the original final chapter, published as "Baha'u'llah as World Reformer." Also available in Persian, translated by Khosrow Dehghani, as Ramz va Raz.

This online version was first scanned partly by Duane Troxel in 1996 and partly by Jonah Winters in 1997. It was then proofread by Lynn Jaluvka in 1998, Nicholas Sanders in 2006, and Bobbi Lyons in 2012. It was formatted by Winters in 1997 and by Christopher Buck in 2012. It was further edited by Lyons and Buck in 2012.

Written in English and Persian.

Symbol and Secret:
Qur'an Commentary in Baha'u'llah's Kitab-i-Iqan

by Christopher Buck

1995/2012
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and in Persian translation: buck_ramz_va_raz.pdf.


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The opening page of the original manuscript of the Kitáb-i Íqán in the handwriting of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, produced in 1278 A.H. (1861-62 C.E.). Minor marginal additions were made by Bahá'u'lláh himself. The manuscript was given to Hájí Mírzá Sayyid Muhammad in Baghdad, in reply to his questions, and remained in his family until 1948, when it was donated to the Bahá'í World Centre. (Courtesy of the Bahá'í World Centre)




     CONTENTS 

Foreword by Juan R. I. Cole.................................................xi

Acknowledgements............................................................xv

Introduction...............................................................xix

Chapter One
     Bahá'u'lláh and the Book of Certitude...................................1

Chapter Two
     Exegesis and Ideology: The Doctrinal Content of the Book of Certitude..51

Chapter Three
     Beyond Islam: Hermeneutical Terminology in the Book of Certitude.......81

Chapter Four
     Exegetical Techniques in the Book of Certitude........................109

Chapter Five
     Conclusion: The Other Side of the Bridge..............................233

Bibliography...............................................................305

Appendix: Quran verses cited in the Íqán...................................325 
STUDIES IN THE BÁBÍ AND BAHÁ'Í RELIGIONS
VOLUME SEVEN

KALIMÁT PRESS
LOS ANGELES

Copyright © 1995 by Kalimát Press. All rights reserved.
First Edition.
Manufactured in the United States of America.
Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data
(Revised for vol. 5)
Contents: v. 1 [no title]-v. 2 From Iran east and west / edited by Juan R. Cole and Moojan Momen-[etc.]-v. 7. Symbol and Secret: Qur'an commentary in Bahá'u'lláh's Kitáb-i Íqan / by Christopher Buck. 1. Bahá'í Faith-History. 2. Babism-History. I. Momen, Moojan. II. Cole, Juan Ricardo. III. Smith, Peter, 1947, Nov. 27- . IV. R. Jackson Armstrong-Ingram. V. Title: Studies in the Bábí and Bahá'i religions.
BP330.S78 1982 297.89 83-227
ISBN 0-933770-16-2 (v. 1)
ISBN 0-933770-78-2 (v. 7, casebound)
ISBN 0-933770-80-4 (v. 7, paperbound)





My thanks also to: Jonah Winters, for posting Symbol and Secret on Bahá’í Library Online; to Anthony Lee, editor, Kalimát Press, for granting permission to do so; Ms. Bobbi Lyons, of Ontario, Canada, for her superb and highly professional proofreading of the online version and of the printed book as well; Shahrokh Monjazeb for his valuable comments and corrections; Khosrow Dehghani for Persian translation; and Youli Ioannesyan, Ph.D., Senior Researcher of the Department of the Middle East Studies of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences, for further information regarding the colophon of the 1893 Bombay lithograph of the Kitáb-i Íqán, archived in the “Library of the Leningrad Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Soviet Academy of Sciences” (now the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences), catalog no. PsII 164. -C. Buck, March 12, 2012
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