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Presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #58, Louhelen Bahá'í School, Michigan (October 8-11, 2004).

Mirrored with permission from

Autobibliography in the Writings of the Báb:
Translation of the Khutba Dhikriyya

by Vahid Brown

published in Lights of Irfan, Volume 6, pages 47-68
Wilmette, IL: Irfan Colloquia, 2005

This paper will discuss four of the Báb's autobibliographical works; the Kitáb al-Fihrist, al-Kitáb al-`Ulamá, al-Khutba al-Dhikriyya, and al-Khutba fí'l-Jidda. I will relate my analysis of these texts to antecedents in Islamic - and especially Shi`i - literatures, with regard to the theological significance of bibliography, and ultimately to the Báb's hyper-textual messianic self-conception.
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