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Introducing Bahá’u’lláh’s Book of Certitude for Deepening, Devotion, Discourse

A treatise revealed by Bahá’u’lláh in Baghdad in 1861/62 in response to questions posed by one of the maternal uncles of the Báb, translated by Shoghi Effendi and first published in English in 1931.

Bahá’í History & Texts
8 weeks
Weekly Study
Sep 20-Nov 14
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September 25, 2023

Revealed in January 1861, “the Book of Certitude” (the Kitáb-i-Íqán), according to Bahá’u’lláh, “is indeed the cynosure of all books” and, furthermore: “Blessed is he that hath beheld it and pondered its contents for the love of God, the Lord of creation.” (See Bahá’u’lláh, The Tabernacle of Unity.) In this course, we will introduce Bahá’u’lláh’s Book of Certitude for deepening, devotion and discourse in the following three principal ways: (1) for deepening, by providing historical and analytical information, including circumstances of revelation and patterns of persuasion, followed by a close reading and discussion of significant discourses on various topics as expounded throughout Bahá’u’lláh’s Book of Certitude; (2) for devotion, by inviting learners to memorize a one-sentence passage from the Book of Certitude from the readings selected for each Unit, for reciting in personal devotions and in devotional meetings; and (3) for discourse, (a) by first choosing a passage from the Book of Certitude for each Unit, (b) next, by expressing, in your own words, the principle in that passage; and (c) and then by explaining how this principle applies to the betterment of society in the world today.

Meet Your Faculty
Christopher Buck, PhD

Christopher Buck (PhD, JD) attorney and independent scholar, is the author of several books, including: Bahá’í Faith: The Basics (2020), God & Apple Pie (2015), with an introduction by J. Gordon Melton (Distinguished Professor of American Religious History, Baylor University), Religious Myths and Visions of America (2009, “an original contribution to American studies,” Journal of American History, June 2011), Alain Locke:... See Faculty Bio

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