The year 2016 marked the 150th anniversary of the revelation of Bahá’u’lláh’s seminal proclamatory work, the Súratu’l-Mulúk, which set the stage for His future summons to all the major political leaders of the nineteenth century. Bahá’u’lláh wrote this lengthy and monumental epistle during His banishment to the remote Turkish city of Edirne and while He was engulfed in severe attacks from within the Bábí community contesting His leadership and undermining His divine mission.
Shahrokh Monjazeb gave four web video talks in late 2016 for a Wilmette Institute course about the tablet. The course examined relevant topics, such as those addressed in the text of the tablet; the impact of Bahá’u’lláh’s very challenging summons on the political landscape of Europe and the Middle East; and how its spiritual repercussions are still being felt today in the global political arena.
The four web videos are now available on the Wilmette Institute’s YouTube Channel. The title of the series is “Bahá’u’lláh: The Epistle of the Kings—A Comprehensive Study of the Suriy-i-Muluk.” Each web video concentrated on a single theme:
- Part 1—Historical Contextualization and Essential Features of the Tablet (1.42.35)
- Part 2—Bahá’u’lláh and the Ottomans—The Sultán (1.27.14)
- Part 3—Bahá’u’lláh and the Ottomans—the “Ministers of the Sultán” and “Inhabitants of the City” (1.30.58)
- Part 4—Bahá’u’lláh and the Non-Ottomans (1.39.3)
Shahrokh’s depth of knowledge and his enthusiasm as he talks about Bahá’u’lláh’s first proclamation to the kings is sure to draw you in and deepen your knowledge of this important tablet. Gather a group of friends, and study it together.