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Introduction to the Kitáb-i-Aqdas

"Think not that We have revealed unto you a mere code of laws. Nay, rather, We have unsealed the choice Wine with the fingers of might and power."

Bahá’í History & Texts
8 weeks
Weekly Study
4-6 Hours
Mar 17-May 11
Register By
March 22, 2022

About the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, Shoghi Effendi has written that it “may well be regarded as the brightest emanation of the mind of Bahá'u'lláh, as the Mother Book of His Dispensation, and the Charter of His New World Order.” He further refers to the Kitáb-i-Aqdas as “the principal repository of that Law which the Prophet Isaiah had anticipated, and which the writer of the Apocalypse had described as the ‘new heaven’ and the ‘new earth,’ as ‘the Tabernacle of God,’ as the ‘Holy City,’ as the ‘Bride,’ the ‘New Jerusalem coming down from God,’ this ‘Most Holy Book,’ whose provisions must remain inviolate for no less than a thousand years, and whose system will embrace the entire planet. . . .”

We will read the Kitáb-i-Aqdas and supplemental texts related to it, while studying several of its main themes: covenant, succession, and manifestation; Bahá’í institutions, including the rulers and the learned, the Universal House of Justice, Houses of Worship, Feasts, Holy Days, and the Bahá’í calendar; the nature and purpose of Bahá'u'lláh’s laws; Bahá'u'lláh’s ordinances; prohibitions and punishments; Bahá'u'lláh’s proclamations to kings, rulers, places, and groups of people; education and transformation; and teaching the Bahá’í Faith.

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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