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Tabernacle of Unity: Bahá'u'lláh's Letters to Zoroastrians

Note: this course has been canceled from 2022 due to lack of registrants. We apologize for the inconvenience. All registrants have been contacted. As a group, these tablets show Bahá'u'lláh's love for the followers of a religion that arose in Iran, where His own revelation was born.

Bahá’í History & Texts
Duration
6 weeks
Weekly Study
4-6 HOURS
Dates
Aug 26-Oct 6
Register By
August 31, 2021

Note: this course has been canceled from 2022 due to lack of registrants. We apologize for the inconvenience. All registrants have been contacted.


The five tablets in The Tabernacle of Unity proclaim some of the central tenets of Bahá'u'lláh's Faith and the universality of His prophetic claims. In this course we will undertake a careful reading of the five tablets, exploring the Bahá’í concepts of progressive revelation and the role of religion in advancing human civilization; the relevance of the tablets to interfaith dialogue; and what the tablets teach us about the process of revelation. Bahá'u'lláh addressed two tablets to a Zoroastrian who admired Him and who asked questions about Zoroastrianism and Hinduism and three tablets to Bahá’ís of Zoroastrian background. The first tablet to the Zoroastrian admirer discusses a variety of questions about the tenets of Abrahamic and non-Abrahamic religions, emphasizing what is right and true in the various doctrines and beliefs under examination. When the admirer indicated that he had hoped for more detailed answers, Bahá'u'lláh revealed a longer tablet (the second one in the book) elaborating on each of the questions. As a group, the tablets show Bahá'u'lláh's love for the followers of a religion that arose in Iran, where His own revelation was born.


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Susan Maneck, PhD
WI Department Coordinator, Assoc Prof Jackson State University

Dr. Susan Maneck is an Associate Professor in the History and Philosophy Department at Jackson State University where she teaches courses in the Middle East and South Asian History, World Civilization, and Comparative Religion. She received her Master’s degree in Oriental Studies and her PhD in Asian and European History... See Faculty Bio

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Necati Alkan, PhD
Research Associate, University of Bamberg

I have been fascinated with Bahá’í Studies, especially history, since my youth. Studying Islamic Studies and History, then, at the university, opened new vistas for me. By learning Arabic, Persian and in particular Ottoman Turkish, beside my native Turkish and almost native (education) language German and English, I felt equipped... See Faculty Bio

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