Posted by Jonah on March 13, 2000 at 03:28:19:
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
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
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
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.***
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)
http://www.wilmetteinstitute.org (web site)
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