Wilmette Institute course on the Kitab-i-Aqdas


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Posted by Jonah Winters on October 07, 1999 at 23:22:24:

Course GS148: The Kitáb-i-Aqdas

TOPIC:

Shoghi Effendi refers to the Kitáb-i-Aqdas as „the principal repository of that Law which the Prophet Isaiah had anticipated, and which the writer of the Apocalypse had described as the `new heaven' and the `new earth,' as `the Tabernacle of God,' as the `Holy City,' as the `Bride,' the `New Jerusalem coming down from God,' this `Most Holy Book,' whose provisions must remain inviolate for no less than a thousand years.š He adds that it „may well be regarded as the brightest emanation of the mind of Bahá'u'lláh, as the Mother Book of His Dispensation, and the Charter of His New World Orderš (God Passes By, p. 213).

DATES:

November 1, 1999, to April 30, 2000

TEXTS:

Students should purchase a copy of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas for their own use. The Wilmette Institute will provide The Kitáb-i-Aqdas: A Compilation of Descriptions and Commentaries, which consists of writings about the Most Holy Book by Shoghi Effendi, H. M. Balyuzi, and Adib Taherzadeh, and some essays about the Aqdas and related subjects. The Institute has also prepared extensive study material.

FACULTY (tentative):

      Dr. Iraj Ayman

      Dr. Robert Stockman

      Mr. Jonah Winters

COST:

$225

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.

There are no residential requirements, for the course is conducted by correspondence and over the internet. The course is not part of the Spiritual Foundations program, which has a residential component.

College credit and scholarships may be available. Contact the registrar.

The course may be taken at the introductory level (a basic course that will help students teach the Faith more effectively), the intermediate level (for more in-depth study) or the advanced level (equivalent to graduate-level study).

WORK EXPECTATIONS:

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

  1.    A. Reading and using the knowledge you acquire. The course is divided into a series of units, each of which involves reading part of the Aqdas, related texts, and texts about the Aqdas. The course offers a series of learning projects on the Aqdas, including giving a deepening or fireside; doing an artistic project; or finishing a writing project about the Most Holy Book.

  2.   B. Assistance by a mentor/advisor, who reviews and comments on all homework you do, and answers your questions.

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

  4.   D. Participation in "AYAT," 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.
    Students without e-mail will receive postings by regular mail every few weeks.

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

  6.   F. Voluntary participation in conference calls with up to five other students and a faculty member.

  7.   G. Completion of 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.


    GRADING OPTIONS:

    The courses is usually taken pass/fail with review and comments about assignments by the instructor. It may be taken for a grade (A, B, C, D, F).





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