Wilmette Institute course: The Revelation of Baha'u'llah 1868-77

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Wilmette Institute

Studies in the Bahá'í Faith Program

The Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh 1868-77

(Early Akka Period)

TOPIC: The course covers Bahá'u'lláh's revelation during the
early Akka period (1868-77), a particularly productive period when He revealed
tablets to some of the world's most powerful kings and ecclesiastics, produced
several mystical treatises, revealed tablets in pure Persian to Zoroastrian
correspondents and finally produced His Book of Laws, the Kitab-i-Aqdas. The
works will be studied in English translation, via summaries (for works
unavailable in authorized English translation), descriptions, and commentaries.
Study of other periods of Bahá'u'lláh's ministry are not a
prerequisite for this course, which is independent of them.

COURSE DATES: April 1, 2000 to September 30, 2000


  1. Various Tablets to Kings and Rulers (Queen Victoria, Tsar Alexander
    II, Pope Pius IX, second tablet to Napoleon III)

  2. The Fire Tablet

  3. Lawh-i-Ru'yá

  4. Súriy-i-Haykal

  5. Tablet to Manikchí-Sáhib

  6. Tablet of Seven Questions

  7. Kitáb-i-Aqdas

  8. Tablet to the Physician

The course will use a special text developed by the Wilmette Institute, The
Baha'i Scriptures: A Compilation of Descriptions and Commentaries, Volume 4:
The Writings of Baha'u'llah, 1868-77.
It draws from published descriptions
of tablets by 'Abdu'l-Bahá, Shoghi Effendi, Hasan Balyuzi, Adib
Taherzadeh, and others.

REQUIREMENTS: The course is available at the introductory level (for learners
who want to focus on becoming better teachers of the Bahá'í
Faith), the intermediate level (for those who want to be challenged to go more
deeply into the writings, and study at an undergraduate college level), and the
advanced level (study at a graduate level). Students should plan to continue
the course through to completion.

There are no residential requirements. The course is conducted by e-mail and

COST: $225

Scholarships and college credit may be available.

***A twenty percent discount*** is available when registering as part of a
local group of three or more (who pledge to meet together semimonthly to study
the texts). Larger discounts are available for even larger groups who plan to
study the course together. A thirty percent discount is available to New
Zealand students registering through their national registrar, Ms. Chris

WORK EXPECTATIONS: The course will take five to ten hours of work each week and
will involve:

  1. For each of the course's eight units, completion of a reading
    assignment and a project of your choice. Possible projects include giving a
    deepening or fireside, doing an artistic project, finishing a writing project,
    or (at the introductory level) completing a self-assessment of your learning.
    Students are encouraged to complete a standardized "Tablet Study Outline" for
    each work studied.

  2. Interaction with a mentor/advisor, who reviews and comments on all
    projects you do and answers your questions.

  3. For those who are part of local study groups, discussion
    assignments are provided.

    D. Participation in "AKKA," the course's e-mail discussion group.

    ***Because of the speed and efficiency that e-mail provides, all students are
    urged to acquire e-mail for the course.***

  4. Access to the course's password-protected web site, which includes
    additional study material and completed sample homework assignments.

  5. Voluntary participation in conference calls with faculty and other
    students. Calls will be available on a regular basis. Students wishing to
    participate--especially those living overseas--should contact their local
    telephone company to determine how they can call inexpensively.

  6. Completion of a final self-assessment of one's learning (for the
    introductory level), a final project that involves review of the material
    studied, evaluation of what one has learned, and

    systematic application of it to teaching and deepening (for the intermediate
    level), or a research paper (advanced level).

GRADING OPTIONS: The course is usually taken pass/fail with review and comments
about assignments by your mentor. It may be taken for a grade (A, B, C, D, F).
College credit is not available, but the Institute can help students arrange
credit through their local university.

      Wilmette Institute, 536 Sheridan Rd., Wilmette, IL 60091

      877-WILMETTE (toll free telephone and fax)

      info@wilmetteinstitute.org (e-mail)

      http://www.wilmetteinstitute.org (web site)

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