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The Writings of the Báb

Among the works we will study are the Commentary on the Surih of Joseph; tablets to secular and religious leaders; The Seven Proofs; the Persian and the Arabic Expositions, the Book of Names; and the Book of Five Grades.

Bahá’í History & Texts
8 weeks
Weekly Study
Jul 7-Aug 31
Register By
July 12, 2022

This course is an introduction to the principal writings of the Báb. Among the works we will study are the Commentary on the Surih of Joseph (Qayyúmu'l-Asmá); tablets to secular and religious leaders; The Seven Proofs (Dala’il-i-Sab`ih); the Persian Exposition (Bayán-i-Farsi); the Arabic Exposition (al-Bayán al-‘Arabi), the Book of Names (Kitáb-i-Asma’); and the Book of Five Grades (Kitáb-i-Panj-Sha’n).

Our study will be both historical and thematic: We will study the Báb’s writings in the order in which He revealed them (between 1844 and 1850), and we will also focus on selected themes: the station of the Báb, His major teachings, His announcement about Bahá’u’lláh (His prophetic successor Whom He referred to as “He Whom God will make manifest”), and the role the themes played in preparing for the revelation of Bahá’u’lláh.

Meet Your Faculty
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

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

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