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Abstract:
A collection of resources on the International Auxiliary Language: compilation from the Baha'i Writings, letter and memorandum from the Research Department, and two bibliographies listing citations from the Writings and from scholarship.
Notes:
The following was posted in 2002 as a single page of minimally-formatted HTML at worldlanguageprocess.org/essays/uhj_on_gender.htm. This text was converted to a series of separate Word documents and formatted (2021) and then saved-as PDF; see other items from the original post: Materials Provided by the Bahá'í World Centre on Gender in the Writings and Matters of Translation.

Materials Provided by the Bahá'í World Centre on Universal Auxiliary Language

by Abdu'l-Bahá, Shoghi Effendi, and Universal House of Justice

2002-08-15
Contents
  1. Cover letter
  2. Extract from a Research Department memorandum dated 7 July 1994
  3. The Principle of an International Auxiliary Language
  4. International Auxiliary Language (References in the Bahá'í Writings)
  5. BWC Library Partial Bibliography of Published Works on an Auxiliary Language

1. Cover letter

THE UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE
DEPARTMENT OF THE SECRETARIAT

15 August 2002

Transmitted by email [address redacted]:

Mrs. ..., U.S.A.

Dear Bahá’í Friend,

The Universal House of Justice has received your email dated 28 July 2002, and referred it to our Department for response. In answer to your request for materials on universal auxiliary language and universal language, we are providing for your use two documents which address these general concepts, namely, an extract from a Research Department memorandum dated 7 July 1994, and its attachment entitled “The Principle of an International Auxiliary Language”. You may also find of interest the enclosed documents “International Auxiliary Language”, providing references to this topic in the Bahá’í writings, and “Bahá’í World Centre Library: A Partial Bibliography of Published Works on an Auxiliary Language”, which lists some papers by Bahá’ís on this subject.

Regarding your request for guidance on translating the Bahá’í Writings, we trust that the Research Department’s memorandum dated 25 July 2002, and its accompanying enclosures, which were previously sent to you by email [online here], will provide ample information on this topic.

You have asked that email attachments be sent to you in a form other than Portable Document Format (PDF), such as Microsoft Word format. As it is the practice for communications from the Bahá’í World Centre to be sent in only two formats, namely, plain text (ASCII) and PDF, we regret that we are unable to provide electronic copies of the above documents in any other form.

We hope that you will be able to glean adequate information from these materials to assist you in your endeavors to make a presentation at the upcoming Association for Bahá’í Studies conference.

    With loving Bahá’í greetings,
    Department of the Secretariat

Enclosures

Attachment - Extract from a Research Department memorandum dated 7 July 1994
Attachment – The Principle of an International Auxiliary Language
Attachment – International Auxiliary Language
Attachment – Bahá'í World Centre Library A Partial Bibliography of Published Works on an Auxiliary Language 3 September 1991

2. Extract from a Research Department memorandum dated 7 July 1994

3. The Principle of an International Auxiliary Language

4. International Auxiliary Language (References in the Bahá'í Writings)

INTERNATIONAL AUXILIARY LANGUAGE

‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s talks on this subject are found as follows:

    Paris Talks pp. 155–157
    Promulgation of Universal Peace (1982 ed.) 60–61, 182, 232–233, 300, 318, 434–435
    Star of the West
      Vol. III, no. 3, pp. 23-24 Message to the Esperantists, 25 April 1912
      Also vol. XI, no. 18, p. 304
      Vol. III, no. 19, p. 5 Report of comments made to the president of the Esperantists of England
      Vol. IV, no. 2, pp. 34–36 Address delivered in Edinburgh on 7 January 1913
      Vol. IV, no. 2, pp. 36–37 Address delivered in Paris on 12 February 1912
The following references are to be found in other Bahá’í Writings:
    Gleanings (U.S. ed.) pp. 249–250
    Epistle to the Son of the Wolf 138
    Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh 22, 68, 89, 127, 165–166
    Bahá’í World Faith 288
    Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Vol. III 596
    God Passes By 211, 218
    World Order of Bahá’u’lláh 203

5. Bahá'í World Centre Library: A Partial Bibliography of Published Works on an Auxiliary Language (3 September 1991)

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