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What's new: Documents posted in the past days

  1. Posted 2020-02-10, in Bibliographies:   Loom of Reality: A Partial Inventory of the Works of the Central Figures of the Bahá'í Faith (2020). A catalog of almost 25,000 works attributed to the Báb, Bahá’u’lláh, or Abdu’l-Bahá, which are accessible to the public either in published form, in manuscripts held in archives, or in digital images, texts and translations found on the Internet. [about]
  2. Posted 2020-01-29, in Letters from the Universal House of Justice:   Universal House of Justice. Authenticity of The Báb's Farewell Address to the Letters of the Living (2020). Memorandum of the Research Department of the Bahá'í World Center about the authenticity of the speech of the Báb to the Letters of the Living. [about]
  3. Posted 2020-01-28, in Pilgrims' notes:   Báb, The and Nabil-i-A'zam. Báb's Farewell Address to the Letters of the Living, The (1844). The Báb's farewell speech to the Letters of the Living, extracted from Nabil-i-A'zam's The Dawn-Breakers, pp. 92-94. [about]
  4. Posted 2020-01-22, in Pilgrims' notes:   Various. Pilgrims' Notes from U.S. Archives (1898). Pilgrim notes from the U.S. Baha'i National Archives, organized by year, 1898-1959, unsorted, in 60 PDF and TIF files. [about]
  5. Posted 2020-01-20, in Pilgrims' notes:   'Abdu'l-Bahá in California (1912). Over 1000 pages of notes from Abdu'l-Baha's visit to California in 1912, written between 1912-1918, some hand-written and some published in Star of the West. Includes notes by Frances Allen, Howard MacNutt, Ameen Fareed, Mirza Sohrab, et al. [about]
  6. Posted 2020-01-20, in Pilgrims' notes:   Ahmad Sohrab. Diary Letters (1913). Letters from Abdu'l-Bahá's secretary during His travels to North America, written July 1913 - Oct 1914. [about]
  7. Posted 2020-01-19, in Unpublished Articles:   Peter Terry. Oneness of Reality, The: A Response to Moojan Momen's "Relativism as a Basis for Baha'i Metaphysics" (2018). Dialogue on epistemology and ontology as presented in the core literature of the Baha’i religion. [about]
  8. Posted 2020-01-19, in Books:   Lights of 'Irfán Book 20 (2019). Papers delivered at Irfan Colloquia. [about]
  9. Posted 2020-01-18, in Letters from the Guardian:   Shoghi Effendi. Letters of Shoghi Effendi, Arranged Chronologically (2020). Compilation of all the Guardian's messages, arranged in chronological order as individual "rich text" files. This arrangement allows us to see the flow of guidance from Shoghi Effendi over time, and perhaps identify patterns. [about]
  10. Posted 2020-01-18, in Published Articles:   Jan T. Jasion. Quelques Rencontres Importantes entre les Communautés Protestante et Bahá'íe en France (2019). History of the relationship between the Faith in France and the Protestant community, 1870-1913 (with photographs). [about]
  11. Posted 2020-01-18, in Published Articles:   Roland Faber. Manifestation of God in the View of Process Theology, The, in Lights of Irfan 20 (2019). On how God can be all-present in the world and at the same time be manifest in the form of human figures, such as Christ or the Hindu Avatars. The philosophy of Whitehead can translate the concept of Manifestation to a multireligious context. [about]
  12. Posted 2020-01-18, in Published Articles:   Jena Khadem Khodadad. Mystery of Consciousness, The: Learning from Neuroscience and Insights from Bahá'í Sacred Writings, in Lights of Irfan 20 (2019). On the neural basis of consciousness; the concepts of mind and soul as presented in the Bahá’í writings; whether consciousness may continue after the death of the brain; and if explanations lie in quantum mechanics. [about]
  13. Posted 2020-01-18, in Published Articles:   Wolfgang Klebel. Sow the Seeds of My Divine Wisdom in the Pure Soil of Thy Heart: Towards Coordinating Langs' Communicative Approach of Psychoanalysis with the Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh, in Lights of Irfan 20 (2019). On correlating the contemporary world and the Bahá’í Revelation through the psychoanalysis of Robert Langs, who postulated that "divine wisdom" lies inherent deep within the human unconscious mind. [about]
  14. Posted 2020-01-18, in Published Articles:   Moojan Momen. Two Episodes from the Life of Bahá'u'lláh in Iran, in Lights of Irfan 20 (2019). Regarding the conference of Badasht and Baha'u'lláh's arrival at the shrine of Shaykh Tabarsi, and on His experience in the Siyah Chal, close attention to the text of two Tablets leads to conclusions that differ from current Baha'i history books. [about]
  15. Posted 2020-01-18, in Published Articles:   Marco Oliveira. Dei Verbum: A Bahá'í Perspective on the Roman Catholic Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, in Lights of Irfan 20 (2019). On some basic Christian Catholic beliefs on divine revelation, how the Baha'i Faith views Christianity, and theological differences and similarities between the two. [about]
  16. Posted 2020-01-18, in Published Articles:   Foad Seddigh. Analysis of the Salient Features of Risáliy-i-Ja'faríyyih, An, in Lights of Irfan 20 (2019). This treatise, one of the major writings of the Báb, was written before He had disclosed His complete station of prophethood to the public. It comments on an Islamic prayer for the advent of the promised Qa'im. Includes translation. [about]
  17. Posted 2020-01-18, in Biographies:   Mehrangiz Afnan (1937-2018), in Lights of Irfan 20 (2019). [about]
  18. Posted 2020-01-18, in Biographies:   Sohrab Arjmand (1935-2019), in Lights of Irfan 20 (2019). [about]
  19. Posted 2020-01-18, in Biographies:   Lily Áhy Ayman (1929-2018), in Lights of Irfan 20 (2019). [about]
  20. Posted 2020-01-18, in Newspaper articles:   Báb, The: Newspaper Articles and Other Publications 1845-1859 (2019). List of 1490 articles from newspapers, books, and journals referencing The Báb and the Bábís, from Europe, the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand. [about]
  21. Posted 2020-01-17, in Published Articles:   Jan T. Jasion. Story of J. E. Esslemont and His Bahá'u'lláh and the New Era, The: Bibliography, in Book Collector (2020). List of all of Esslemont's known writings, including his Bahá’í pamphlets and his medical writings, plus a bibliography of all translations of New Era. [about]
  22. Posted 2020-01-17, in Published Articles:   Todd Lawson. Qur'an and the Bahá'í Faith, The, in Communities of the Qur'an: Dialogue, debate and diversity in the twenty-first century ed. Emran El-Badawi and Paula Sanders (2019). On how tafsir, Islam, and the Qur'an have had a great impact on the form and content of the Baha'i revelation. [about]
  23. Posted 2020-01-17, in Published Articles:   Shapour Rassekh. Persian Language in the Literature of Baha'i Worship, in Religious Texts in Iranian Languages ed. Fereydoun Vahman and Claus V. Pedersen (2007). Brief article on the literary sources of Baha'i prayer, their diversity and varied style, and Persian as a language of prayer. [about]
  24. Posted 2020-01-17, in Published Articles:   Abbas Amanat. Persian Bayan and the Shaping of the Babi Renewal, The, in Religious Texts in Iranian Languages ed. Fereydoun Vahman and Claus V. Pedersen (2007). On the Babi Faith as a product of the religious environment of Shi'i Iran, including its esoteric culture and apocalyptic vision; the Bayán as a form of discourse; and how the Bayán marked a break with Islam. [about]
  25. Posted 2020-01-16, in Letters from the Universal House of Justice:   Universal House of Justice. Infallibility, Omniscience, and the Decision-making Role of the Universal House of Justice (1996). On the difference between infallibility and omniscience and whether the Universal House of Justice could reach a wrong decision, [about]
  26. Posted 2020-01-16, in Letters from the Universal House of Justice:   Universal House of Justice. Disintegration of Society and the Development of a New Order (1996). On the disintegration of society and the development of a new order, and how the advancement of civilization and the development of human nature can continue. [about]
  27. Posted 2020-01-16, in Letters from the Universal House of Justice:   Universal House of Justice. Teaching the Bahá'í Faith and the Role of the Institutions (1996). On the "sacred obligation" of teaching the Bahá’í Faith, the role of the institutions in teaching, and on questioning vs. obeying the institutions. [about]
  28. Posted 2020-01-16, in Letters from the Universal House of Justice:   Universal House of Justice. Authorization of Translations and the Authority of Publications from the Research Department (1994). On the process by which new translations are authorized; the authority of translations by the Guardian; and the authority of publications of the Research Department. [about]
  29. Posted 2020-01-16, in Letters from the Universal House of Justice:   Universal House of Justice. How Individuals Can Improve Their Understanding of the Bahá'í Teachings (1994). On the inability of the finite human mind to fully grasp the import of the Teachings, and how individuals can improve their understandings, even while steeped in a climate of thinking which influences and biases their reading of scientific evidence. [about]
  30. Posted 2020-01-15, in Letters from the Universal House of Justice:   Universal House of Justice. Electioneering (1996). On how to recognize and avoid "electioneering," and how to determine who to vote for in the Baha'i administration. [about]
  31. Posted 2020-01-13, in Letters from the Universal House of Justice:   Universal House of Justice. Religious prejudice (2017). On the Bahá’í community's perspective on religious prejudice and what action it is taking to address this issue in the world. [about]
  32. Posted 2020-01-13, in Letters from the Universal House of Justice:   Universal House of Justice. Science and Sacred Scriptures (2016). On scientific findings vs. personal interpretation of the Sacred Writings, and a paragraph regarding evolution in the 2014 foreword of Some Answered Questions. [about]
  33. Posted 2020-01-13, in Letters from the Universal House of Justice:   Universal House of Justice. Politics and Engagement in the Life of Society (2010). On which principles should guide Iranian believers in their participation in the life of society, and other themes related to political activism and social justice. [about]
  34. Posted 2020-01-13, in Letters from the Universal House of Justice:   Universal House of Justice. Application of Bahá'í Laws (2000). On the application of Bahá’í law and how its procedures differ from civil law, with discussion of the examples of Huququ'llah, obligatory prayer, and fasting. [about]
  35. Posted 2020-01-13, in Letters from the Universal House of Justice:   Universal House of Justice. Age Fifteen as the Age of Spiritual Maturity, The (1998). On the meaning of maturity and why 15 is considered the age that a believer can take control of his spiritual destiny. [about]
  36. Posted 2020-01-13, in Letters from the Universal House of Justice:   Universal House of Justice. Concerns raised about the absence of a Guardian to succeed Shoghi Effendi (1998). On the lack of a Guardian to succeed Shoghi Effendi, the possibility of a member of his family expressing contrition and being admitted into the community, and the functions of Guardianship in his absence. [about]
  37. Posted 2020-01-12, in Letters from the Universal House of Justice:   Universal House of Justice. Climate change (2017). Letter to three individuals about the involvement of the Bahá’í community in addressing the issue of anthropogenic climate change. [about]
  38. Posted 2020-01-12, in Letters from the Universal House of Justice:   Universal House of Justice. Political Activity, Social Change, and Public Policy (2008). Letter to an individual Bahá’í regarding political activity, social change, and public policy. [about]
  39. Posted 2020-01-12, in Letters from the Universal House of Justice:   Universal House of Justice. "Democratization" and the Bahá'í Administrative Order (2000). Letter regarding democracy, "Baha'i democratization," theocracy, authority, and the Bahá’í Administrative Order. [about]
  40. Posted 2020-01-12, in Letters from the Universal House of Justice:   Universal House of Justice. Role of the Universal House of Justice: Interpretation and Elucidation (1998). On the regarding the role of the Universal House of Justice and its "interpretative function." [about]
  41. Posted 2020-01-12, in Letters from the Universal House of Justice:   Universal House of Justice. On "Simplified English" Translations of the Bahá'í Writings (1998). Explanation that it is not necessary or acceptable to produce simplified "dilutions" of Shoghi Effendi's translations of the Bahá’í Writings. [about]
  42. Posted 2019-12-20, in Personal compilations:   E. S. Campbell. Books of God Are Open, The (1950). Two editions of a compilation prepared by a former Baptist minister, presenting the Faith to those from a background of the Old and New Testaments, covering the themes "The Great Day Of God," "The Best Beloved is Come," and "The Most Great Peace." [about]
  43. Posted 2019-12-19, in Presentations:   Christopher Buck and Kevin Locke. 'Abdu'l-Bahá's Prophecy "Indians Will Enlighten the World" (2019). Slide-show overview of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá's prophecy "these Indians will enlighten the whole world." [about]
  44. Posted 2019-12-14, in Theses:   Nahzy Abadi Buck. World Into One Nation, The: World Peace and the Bahá'í Faith (1981). How a whole human society, united and cooperative, can be like a single family. Includes overview of opinions of world leaders on the Baha'i Faith, essential elements of the Faith, cooperation of the Baha'i International Community with the United Nations. [about]
  45. Posted 2019-12-14, in Chronologies/genealogies:   Journey of 'Abdu'l-Bahá's "Tablet to the Hague", The: A Photo Chronology (2019). Link (offsite) to a visual tour of the history, people, and events relevant to Abdu'l-Bahá's "Letter to the Central Organisation for a Durable Peace." [about]
  46. Posted 2019-12-09, in Published Articles:   Adib Ma'sumian. Introduction to the Baháʼí Religiolect, An, in Bahá'í Studies Review 21 (2015). Religious dialects are cultural crossover phenomena, like "Judeo-Arabic" and "Christianese". A religiolect can be considered a dialect of a language that’s specific to a particular religious group. The Baha'i Faith, too, has a nascent religiolect. [about]
  47. Posted 2019-12-08, in Personal compilations:   Abdu'l-Bahá. Philosophical Statements by 'Abdu'l-Bahá in Some Answered Questions (2019). Quotations extracted from Ian Kluge's article "Some Answered Questions: A Philosophical Perspective" (2009), using the 2014 revised edition of "Some Answered Questions". [about]
  48. Posted 2019-12-01, in Personal compilations:   Baha'i Marriage and Family Life (1983). [about]
  49. Posted 2019-11-30, in Biographies:   Gloriously Tragic Life of Mathew Kaszab, The: Letters from a Pioneer 1939-1942 (2019). The unusual drama of a pioneering life in Central America, revealed through personal letters. This account offers glimpses of a maturing Bahá’í administration in the U.S. and of what was learned through teaching efforts in Latin America. [about]
  50. Posted 2019-11-29, in Essays and short articles:   Ali-Akbar Furutan. Raising the Tent of Unity (1970). The year 1844 marked the end of humanity’s childhood and signaled the "coming of age" of the human race. Like a pot of water which has just come to a boil, we are now ready to rid ourselves of enmity and discord, and abide in freedom and security. [about]
  51. Posted 2019-11-27, in Published Articles:   Ali-Akbar Furutan. Science and Religion (1970). On the causes underlying the notion of a conflict between science and religion. Prophets have always stressed the need for attaining more knowledge and wisdom, so a divinely-revealed Faith bereft of superstition cannot be opposed to knowledge and reason. [about]
  52. Posted 2019-11-27, in Published Articles:   Ali-Akbar Furutan. Human Soul and its Immortality, The (1970). [about]
  53. Posted 2019-11-27, in Published Articles:   Ali-Akbar Furutan. Negahi-bi-Tarikh (1985). This book, "Examination of history," is about the word history. It talks about history in general and its relation to events, including the history of a country, of a person, and the philosophy of history. [about]
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