Todd Lawson, The Qur’an and Islam: Explorations from a Baha’i Perspective

The Bahá’í Faith teaches that apart from its own vast body of Divine Revelation, the Qur’án is the only other completely authentic scripture currently available to humanity. The Bahá’í Writings, whether from Bahá’u’lláh, The Báb, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the Beloved Guardian or the House of Justice are characterized by a consistent and powerful admiration for, references to, and quotations from the Qur’án. It is therefore true to say that there is much Qur’án in the Bahá’í Teachings. During these webinars, we will study the form and contents of the Qur’án as a subject of importance in itself and as a way of deepening our knowledge of the Bahá’í Faith.

Sunday, April 9, 2017, 2 p.m. Eastern (11 a.m. Pacific, 8 p.m. Western European time)

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“The Qur’an, the First Book in Arabic”

1 Form and Contents
2 Interpretation: Exegesis and Understanding
3 Hadith


Sunday, April 16, 2017, 2 p.m. Eastern (11 a.m. Pacific, 8 p.m. Western European time)https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/433876464516705794

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“The Qur’án in the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh & the Báb”

1 The Báb
2 Bahá’u’lláh
3 Interpretation as Revelation & the Hermeneutic Spiral

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 2 p.m. Eastern (11 a.m. Pacific, 8 p.m. Western European time)

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“The Qur’anic Epic & the Creation of Humanity”

1 Epic
2 Apocalypse
3 Progressive Revelation: A Theory of Modernity

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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, his most recent being http://www.brill.com/products/reference-work/roads-paradise-eschatology-and-concepts-hereafter-islam-2-vols . He lives in Montreal with his wife, daughter and grandchildren.

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