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What's new: Documents posted in the past days

  1. Posted 2017-04-14, in Study Guides:   Tablet of the Temple (Suratu'l-Haykal): Study Guide (2017). Lengthy study guide, with the Arabic original, compiled by a group of nine study group participants, with notes from a talk by Nader Saiedi. [about]
  2. Posted 2017-04-07, in Bibliographies:   Bahá'í Faith and the Spiritualists, The: A Bibliographic Survey (2017). Citations from the private database of the International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and Occult Periodicals. [about]
  3. Posted 2017-03-28, in Published Articles:   Iscander Micael Tinto. Hagiography: The Art of Setting Inspirational Examples for a Religious Community, in Lights of Irfan 17 (2016). The life of Jesus was the example against which saints were measured, and the lives of saints were the examples against which the general population measured itself. Comparison of Attar's "Muslim Saints and Mystics" with Abdu'l-Baha's "Memorials." [about]
  4. Posted 2017-03-28, in Published Articles:   Foad Seddigh. Significance of some Sites Mentioned in Memorials of the Faithful, in Lights of Irfan 17 (2016). Abdu'l-Baha cited many villages and cities: the Most Great House in Baghdád; the ruins of Madaen which Baha'u'llah visited many times; Sheikh Tabarsi's tomb; the city of Mosul which is built on the ruins of the ancient city of Nineveh. [about]
  5. Posted 2017-03-28, in Published Articles:   Wendi Momen. Concept of 'Faithfulness' in the Bahá'í Texts in English Translation, The, in Lights of Irfan 17 (2016). On faithfulness (being faithful as an individual; God being faithful to His people; believers being faithful to the Covenant; Bahá’u’lláh calling for fidelity to the new Manifestation) and behavior expected of the followers. [about]
  6. Posted 2017-03-28, in Published Articles:   Moojan Momen. Memorials of the Faithful: The Democratization of Sainthood, in Lights of Irfan 17 (2016). Hagiography in Judaism, Christianity and Islam; the precedent of Faridu'd-Din's "Memorials of the Saints"; Abdu'l-Baha innovations in this traditional literary format. [about]
  7. Posted 2017-03-28, in Published Articles:   Marlene Koswan. Memorials of the Faithful: Virtues of Inner and Outer Transformation, in Lights of Irfan 17 (2016). A study of the virtues identified for the faithful individuals mentioned in "Memorials of the Faithful" and how they exemplified character, manners and conduct, using the "Seven Valleys" as a guide for human conduct. [about]
  8. Posted 2017-03-28, in Published Articles:   Ian Kluge. Nietzsche and the Bahá'í Writings: A First Look, in Lights of Irfan 17 (2016). Writings and Nietzsche’s philosophy share a surprising number of features in common that allow us to re-vision Nietzsche from a new perspective. Both analyze reality in Aristotelian terms: actuality/potential; essence/attribute, matter/form, etc. [about]
  9. Posted 2017-03-28, in Published Articles:   Wolfgang Klebel. Language of the Heart, The: From Dream Language towards Understanding the Language of the Heart, in Lights of Irfan 17 (2016). On the form and style of the language of the heart; ways this language differs from our normal language and thinking as it is developed in the human brain; the language and logic of dreams; effects of heart transplants. [about]
  10. Posted 2017-03-28, in Published Articles:   JoAnn M. Borovicka. Parallels in the Ministries of Táhirih and Paul, in Lights of Irfan 17 (2016). Stories of early believers of the Bahá’í Faith as presented in "Memorials of the Faithful" compared with the lives of early believers in Christianity as recorded in the New Testament; Táhirih and Paul represent a similar type of early convert. [about]
  11. Posted 2017-03-28, in Published Articles:   Rama Ayman. Addressing the Rising Tide of Globalization and Amorality in the Present World Order and Its Implications on Extremes of Wealth and Poverty, in Lights of Irfan 17 (2016). On inequality within most nations in the world at a time when wealth disparity between nations has been falling; the impact that amorality and globalization have on wealth inequality; Baha'i teachings on alleviating extremes of wealth and poverty. [about]
  12. Posted 2017-03-28, in Biographies:   In Memoriam: Houshang Arjmand (1930-2015), in Lights of Irfan 17 (2016). Short biography of the founder of the Háj Mehdi Arjmand Memorial Fund at the Bahá’í National Treasurer’s Office in the United States, sponsor of Irfan Colloquia publications. [about]
  13. Posted 2017-03-28, in Biographies:   Julio Savi. Homage to Memorials of the Faithful, An, in Lights of Irfan 17 (2016). Poems inspired by eight of the personages of "Memorials": Shaykh Salman, Nabil-i-Zarandi, Darvish-i-Sidq-‘Ali, Shaykh Sadiq-i-Yazdi, Zaynu’l-‘Abidin Yazdi, Shaykh ‘Ali Akbar-i-Mazgani, ‘Abdu’llah Baghdadi, and Jinab-i-Munib. [about]
  14. Posted 2017-03-28, in Books:   Lights of 'Irfán Book 17: Papers Presented at the 'Irfán Colloquia and Seminars (2016). [about]
  15. Posted 2017-03-25, in Provisional translations:   Bahá'u'lláh. Tablet of Consolation (2017). Letter to an early believer following the death of his father, in which Baha'u'llah teaches that death should not be a cause of grief, but is a transition in the journey of drawing nearer to God, who is the true source of comfort and solace. [about]
  16. Posted 2017-03-25, in Theses:   Hooshmand Badee. Bahá'í Teachings on Economics and Their Implications for the Bahá'í Community and the Wider Society (2015). This research attempts to explore the extensive volume of Bahá’í writings on economics and systematize it in a fashion that is accessible to academia, and beneficial to the Bahá’ís and the wider society. [about]
  17. Posted 2017-03-25, in Study Guides:   Ernie Jones. Bahá'í Teachings on The Universe (2017). Compilation of writings related to the cosmos, the worlds of God, and spiritual evolution. [about]
  18. Posted 2017-03-19, in Study Guides:   Hui Bau. Demystifying Bahá'u'lláh's Tablet of the Holy Mariner: History, Translations, Interpretations and Analysis (2016). Lengthy compilation, with background information on the Tablet, and commentary from Bau, Adib Taherzadeh, Michael Sours, Jamsheed Samandari, and Aziz Mboya. [about]
  19. Posted 2017-03-09, in Provisional translations:   Bahá'u'lláh. Surah of the Arabs (2017). [about]
  20. Posted 2017-02-08, in Published Articles:   Aaron Alizadeh. Primum Non Nocere: Reflections of a Bahá'í Oncologist about Treating the Dying Patient, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 25:3 (2015). Doctors must learn how to bring the topic of death into the physician-patient conversation. The Bahá’í Faith can help to address how death is perceived and discussed in the medical community. [about]
  21. Posted 2017-02-08, in Published Articles:   Barbara K. V. Johnson. Valleys, Mountains, and Teacher Preparation, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 25:4 (2015). The metaphor of the soul's journey through the Four Valleys illustrates the practical work of building a team of college and school-based practitioners in the Rocky Mountains to design a new program to prepare teachers for service in the public schools. [about]
  22. Posted 2017-02-08, in Published Articles:   Reflections on the Art of My Poetry: An Interview of Roger White (1929-1993), in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 26:1-2 (2016). A glimpse into the mind of a gifted poet and the struggles that he, like many Baha'i artists, encountered in responding to Bahá'u'lláh's exhortation that art best serves humanity when it elevates and edifies the soul and its spiritual receptivity. [about]
  23. Posted 2017-02-07, in Published Articles:   Helen Cheng and Catherine Nash. Emblems of Faithfulness: Pluralism in Meaning and Beauty in the Ordinary, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 25:3 (2015). Memorials of the Faithful is notable for the diversity of personalities described, and the sheer ordinariness of many of those remembered lives. These two aspects of the text highlight some of the broader questions raised by the Baha'i Faith. [about]
  24. Posted 2017-02-07, in Published Articles:   Peter E. Murphy. Poetry and Transformation, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 24:3-4 (2014). A personal story of how the evolving attraction to and love of poetry transformed the author's life. Poetry, faith, and the revealed Word can have a dramatic effect on one's struggle for personal transformation in the midst of crisis and turmoil. [about]
  25. Posted 2017-02-07, in Published Articles:   Haleh Arbab. Learning to Read Social Reality in the Light of the Revelation: Twenty-Five Years of Contributing to the Discourse of Ethics in Business, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 25:3 (2015). The Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity works to learn how to advance the capacity of individuals and groups to participate in some of the prevalent discourses of society, for the betterment of the world and the growth of civilization. [about]
  26. Posted 2017-02-07, in Published Articles:   Francois Couillard. History of EBBF, The: Twenty-Five Years of Contributing to the Discourse of Ethics in Business, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 25:3 (2015). The European Bahá’í Business Forum, a small network of individuals dedicated to promoting ethical behavior and other Bahá’í values in the workplace, has had significant influence at the local, national, and international levels. [about]
  27. Posted 2017-02-07, in Published Articles:   Roshan Danesh. Reflections on the Structure of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, Some, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 25:3 (2015). While the Kitab-i-Aqdas might seem unstructured, lacking apparent logical or discernible order, there is meaning to be found in its organization — particularly the first 19 paragraphs: the pivotal constructs of Bahá’í spiritual and social teachings. [about]
  28. Posted 2017-02-07, in Published Articles:   Shapour Rassekh. `Abdu'l-Bahá, the Standard Bearer of a New Civilization, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 23:1-4 (2013). Abdu'l-Bahá's mission and objectives in visiting North American, bringing to the West his principles for a new global age. Includes French original, "‘Abdu’l-Bahá, le porte-drapeau d’une nouvelle civilisation." [about]
  29. Posted 2017-02-07, in Published Articles:   Amrollah Hemmat. Concept of the Manifestation of God in Chinese Symbolism: An Inter-civilizational Hermeneutic Study, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 26:1-2 (2016). Seemingly incompatible symbols can point to a common underlying meaning, connecting worldviews and perspectives often considered incommensurable. There are elements of the Chinese tradition that resonate deeply with the Bahá’í concept of Manifestation. [about]
  30. Posted 2017-02-07, in Essays and short articles:   Nazil Ghanea. Striving for Human Rights in an Age of Religious Extremism, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 26:1-2 (2016). Baha'i perspectives on global human rights law, community duties, religion as a pillar of justice, and the oneness of humanity. [about]
  31. Posted 2017-02-07, in Published Articles:   Chelsea Horton. Building Intercultural Community: Insights from Indigenous Bahá'í History, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 26:3 (2016). Bridging Baha'i communities with Indigenous populations in Canada and the United States was not easy, and was especially fraught for native believers, who also confronted tensions of intercultural understanding and sometimes outright racism. [about]
  32. Posted 2017-02-07, in Published Articles:   Linda S. Covey. Necessary History, A: Teaching On and Off The Reservations, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 26:3 (2016). On the early Bahá’í literature directed toward Native Americans; history of Bahá’í conversion activities with Indigenous populations; and the work conducted by the Central States Regional American Indian Teaching. [about]
  33. Posted 2017-02-07, in Published Articles:   Patricia Verge. Personal Journey toward Reconciliation, A, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 26:3 (2016). On the author's spiritual journey and how it has been entwined with First Nations people; tensions between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Bahá'ís; pioneering to the Nakoda community; and the importance of learning, listening, and personal transformation. [about]
  34. Posted 2017-02-07, in Essays and short articles:   Alfred Kahn. Encouragement, Challenges, Healing, and Progress: The Bahá'í Faith in Indigenous Communities, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 26:3 (2016). On the challenges of community-building among Indigenous people, written from the perspective of a childhood spent among Baha'i pioneers on Native American land, and on reconciling traditional views with global Baha'i teachings. [about]
  35. Posted 2017-02-06, in Essays and short articles:   Joyce Baldwin. Walking the Spiritual Path with Both Feet Planted Firmly on the Ground, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 26:3 (2016). Overview of the life of a Baha'i native from indigenous-Tsimshian ancestry, who pioneered to Alaska and a reserve in Washington, and member of the LSA of Arcata, California. Includes reflections on teaching to Natives. [about]
  36. Posted 2017-02-06, in Published Articles:   Catherine Bigonnesse and Jean Marc Bigonnesse. Achieving Universal Participation of Older Adults: An Exploration of Its Challenges and Spiritual Foundations, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 25:4 (2015). On involving older adults in the process of participation in society; some of the root causes of ageism, such as avoiding the topic of death and a materialistic view of the soul; the role of older adults in the process of community building. [about]
  37. Posted 2017-02-06, in Published Articles:   Nader Saiedi. From Oppression to Empowerment, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 26:1-2 (2016). On four contemporary types of oppression: in the international political order, forms of the state, economic structures, and forms of cultural identity; Bahá’u’lláh’s personal response to oppression; and a Bahá’í approach to empowerment and liberation. [about]
  38. Posted 2017-02-05, in Published Articles:   Bahiyyih Nakhjavani. Silences of God, The: A Meditation, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 24:3-4 (2014). While the Word of God dominated the history of religion, contemporaries question the orthodoxy of language. God's Silence is also essential in shaping our individual choices and collective histories, and understanding Baha'u'llah's words. [about]
  39. Posted 2017-02-05, in Published Articles:   Paul Lample. Insights from the First Century of the Formative Age, Some, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 23:1-4 (2013). On the Covenant from a historical perspective; authority and powers of the UHJ; learning within an evolving framework for action; organic growth and development; relationships among individuals, communities, and institutions; and society-building power. [about]
  40. Posted 2017-02-05, in Published Articles:   Suheil Bushrui. Ameen Rihani and the Unity of Religion: The Politics of Time and the Politics of Eternity, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 24:3-4 (2014). Overview of the life and thought of a Lebanese-American writer, intellectual, and political activist, who believed in the oneness of religions and the brotherhood of nations and devoted his life to promoting East-West understanding. [about]
  41. Posted 2017-02-05, in Published Articles:   Abdul-Missagh Ghadirian. Depression: Biological, Psychosocial, and Spiritual Dimensions and Treatment, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 25:4 (2015). Biological, psychosocial, and environmental factors contribute to the development of depression. If religious beliefs and spiritual values also play a role, what insights can the Baha'i Faith offer? [about]
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