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The Báb’s Qayyumu’l-Asma'

Commentary on the Qur’an’s Surih of Joseph

Bahá’í History & Texts
7 weeks
Weekly Study
Jul 29-Sep 15
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July 29, 2021

The new dispensation announced by the Báb challenged existing notions of religion and revelation.  The Báb’s commentary on the Súrih of Joseph is a highly intricate and complex composition which betrays the authorial presence of the young messiah at every word. Yet, almost every word is Qur’anic, however rearranged and ordered to conform to the new message. Thus revelation is seen in a different light. While it is certainly divine in origin, the creativity and the boldness it represents should be seen as coming directly from the Báb Himself. Thus revelation emerges as a cooperative activity, one shared by God and the manifestation. Details and examples of such artistry and creativity will be illustrated through provisional translation. 

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Todd Lawson, PhD
Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

Todd Lawson is Professor Emeritus of Islamic Thought, University of Toronto. He has been a Bahá’í since 1968 and has been a member, since 1975, of the Association for Bahá’í Studies who this year awarded him the distinguished book award for his study of the Qayyúmu’l-Asmá’, Gnostic apocalypse in Islam (Routledge... See Faculty Bio

Armin Eschraghi, PhD
Professor, Islamic Studies, Persian and Arabic literature

Born in Iran and raised in Germany, Armin Eschraghi began studying Philosophy, Islamic Studies, and Comparative Religion in Goethe University Frankfurt in 1995 and obtained his Master degree in 1999 and his PhD in 2004. Since 2003 he has been teaching Islamic Studies, Persian and Arabic literature in Liebig University... See Faculty Bio

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