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Gems of Divine Mysteries and Other Early Tablets by Bahá'u'lláh

Bahá’í History & Texts
Duration
7 weeks
Weekly Study
4-6 HOURS
Dates
Jun 28-Aug 15
Register By
July 3, 2023

Gems of Divine Mysteries and Other Early (Baghdad Period) Tablets by Bahá'u'lláh completes the study of Bahá'u'lláh’s early tablets that begins in the course on Bahá'u'lláh’s Early Mystic Writings. In this course we will focus on Gems of Divine Mysteries, a treatise that Bahá'u'lláh tells us he wrote “in reply to a seeker who had asked how the promised Mihdí could have become transformed into ‘Alí-Muhammad (the Báb).”

Part of Gems of Divine Mysteries is similar to the mystical Seven Valleys, while other parts are similar to the later-revealed Kitáb-i-Iqan. Consequently, Gems of Divine Mysteries can be said to mark the transition of the proclamation of Bahá'u'lláhs mission from mystics (mysticism) to divines (prophecy). We will also study other tablets, usually in provisional translations, including the Sura of Counsel (Surah-i-Nush); the City of Divine Unity (Madinat al-Tawhid); the Suffering of the Exalted Letters; the Tablet of Liberation (in which Bahá'u'lláh frees a slave); and the Sura of Patience (also known as the Tablet of Job), revealed on April 22, 1863, on the first day of Ridvan.


Recommended Text: The Pen of Glory (hard cover edition product code PGHT and softcover edition product code PGT). The Bahá’í Publishing Trust is offering 25% off either edition when ordered via BahaiBookstore.com. The coupon code is WIPG. This code can be used until May 31, 2021.

The Pen of Glory is a compilation taken from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh. The Tablets include Gems of Divine MysteriesTablet to Mánikchi Sáhib, Tablet to Mirza Abd’l-Fadl in response to questions of Mánikchi Sáhib, Tablet of the Seven Questions (Lawh-i-Haft Pursish), and two other tablets.

Meet Your Faculty
teacher
Peter Smith, PhD
Assoc. Prof., Mahidol University International College (MUIC)

I was one of a number of young British Bahá’ís who were attracted to the scholarly study of the Faith by the pioneering work of Hasan Balyuzi. As a group we began a series of academically-oriented Bahá’í Studies seminars (which still continue) and a few of us also chose Bábí... See Faculty Bio

teacher
Moojan Momen, MD
WI Department Coordinator, Author

Dr. Moojan Momen was born in Iran, but was raised and educated in England, attending the University of Cambridge. He has a special interest in the study of Shi`i Islam and the Bahá’í Faith, both from the viewpoint of their history and their doctrines. In recent years, his interests have... See Faculty Bio

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