The Leaves of the Twin Divine Trees

Explore the lives of the women closely related to the Báb, Baha’u’llah, and `Abdu'l-Bahá.

Bahá’í History & Texts
8 weeks
Weekly Study
Sep 17-Nov 11
Register By
September 17, 2020
Fee: $75

Leaves of the Twin Divine Trees by Baharieh Rouhani Maani aims to fill a gap in the early history of the Bábí and Bahá’í faiths concerning services rendered by women closely related to the Báb, Bahá’u’lláh and`Abdu’l-Baha. This course provides a forum for exploring the lives and legacy of the most prominent among such women: 

Fatimih Bagum and  Khadijih Bagum, the mother and wife of the Báb respectively, titled the Most Favored of All Women; Zahra Bagum, sister of the wife of the Báb; Fatimih Khanum, the second wife of the Báb; Khadijih Khanum, mother of Bahá’u’lláh; Asiyih Khanum, wife of Bahá’u’lláh, titled Navvab and the Most Exalted leaf; Bahiyyih Khanum, daughter of Bahá’u’lláh and sister of ‘Abdu'l-Baha, titled the Greatest Holy Leaf; Fatimih Khanum, the second wife of Bahá’u’lláh, titled Mahd-i ‘Ulya; Gawhar Khanum, the third wife of Bahá’u’lláh; the sisters of Bahá’u’lláh; Jinab-i-Maryam, Bahá’u’lláh's cousin and sister-in-law, titled the Crimson Leaf; and Munireh Khanum, the wife of  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.

Required Text

The readings for this course are from the book Leaves of the Twin Divine Trees, which must be purchased.  It is available as a Kindle e-book for $9.99 and can be downloaded into any computer, tablet or e-reader using the Kindle software. The book can also be purchased from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or the Bahá'í Distribution Service (currently out of stock).

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Baharieh Rouhani Ma'ani
Author, Independent Scholar

My keen interest since childhood in unravelling the causes of women’s degraded status in religion has gained steam with passage of time. The tenets revealed by Bahá’u’lláh, particularly the principle of the equality of men and women, has motivated me to use every opportunity to discuss, on the basis of... See Faculty Bio

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