Todd Lawson, “Baha’u’llah, The Return of Joseph”
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Read a related paper, Todd Lawson, “The Baha’i Tradition: The Return of Joseph and the Peaceable Imagination, published in Fighting Words: Religion, Violence, and the Interpretation of Sacred Texts, edited by John Renard, 135–57. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012.
Read another related paper, Todd Lawson, Typological Figuration and the Meaning of ‘Spiritual’: The Qur’anic Story of Joseph
The story of Joseph in the Qur’an has a profoundly spiritual and historical connection with the Bahá’í Faith. We may say that the Bahá’í Faith began with the Báb’s explanation of that súrih during the fateful meeting with Mulla Husayn on the evening of 22 May 1844. Indeed, the Báb dates the beginning of the new dispensation from the moment the truth of his words of explanation penetrated the heart and mind of his guest. How does the spiritual reality of Joseph continue to function in and determine the faith and teachings of Bahá’ís and the ethos of the Bahá’í Faith? Reflections on these topics will provide the substance of this webinar.
Todd Lawson is Professor Emeritus of Islamic Thought, University of Toronto. He has been a Bahá’í since 1968 and has been a member, since 1975, of the Association for Bahá’í Studies who this year awarded him the distinguished book award for his study of the Qayyúm al-asmá, Gnostic apocalypse in Islam (Routledge 2012) Todd has published numerous articles and books on the relationship between the Bahá’í Faith and Islam, Qur’an Commentary, Sufism and Shi’ism. He lives in Montreal with his wife, daughter and grandchildren.