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Shoghi Effendi states that the Kitáb-i-Iqán "adumbrates and distinguishes between the three stages of Divine Revelation"; some Sufi doctrines help understand the significance of Bahá'u'lláh’s three stages.

The Three Stages of Divine Revelation

by Guy Sinclair

published in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 12:1-4, pages 57-70
Ottawa, ON: Association for Bahá'í Studies North America, 2002
About: In God Passes By, Shoghi Effendi briefly summarizes the contents of Bahá’u’lláh’s Kitáb-i-Íqán, stating (inter alia) that the Kitáb-i-Íqán “adumbrates and distinguishes between the three stages of Divine Revelation.” This paper seeks to explore the meaning of this short phrase, by discussing what Shoghi Effendi means by “Divine Revelation” and by locating the three stages in the Íqán itself. The paper then sketches some doctrines of Sufi philosophers which provide important background to understanding the significance of Bahá’u’lláh’s three stages, and attempts to articulate one understanding of the passage in the Kitáb-i-Íqán, read together with Shoghi Effendi’s interpretation.
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