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The Ras͟hḥ-i-ʻAmá in Living Color

Dec 10, 2023
webinar flyer featuring a photo of voluminous clouds, and a small headshot of the presenter, Karen Webb

165 years getting translated into English and published in an official English translation, the Ras͟hḥ-i-ʻAmá is likely the first emanation from the Supreme Pen after the Maid of Heaven vested Baha’u’llah with his revelation in the Siyah-Chal. In his masterwork, The Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh, Adib Taherzadeh suggests the 20-couplet poem might well prove untranslatable. Join Karen in exploring the official translation of this absorbing short work and its complex imagery. Class was designed to be accessible to those with no working grasp of either Persian or Arabic, and we will examine an approach to analyzing the poem that involves no skills beyond the participants’ imagination and a fairly basic knowledge of the Bábí and Bahá’í faiths.



Karen Anne Webb

After a lifetime  of service in women's health care, business, journalism, and parenting, Karen Anne Webb got the chance to follow her dream of pursuing advanced religious studies. She has just finished her thesis, a comprehensive English biography of Quddus, and graduated from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. She hopes to go on to doctoral study but, in the meantime, enjoys wilderness hiking, role-playing games, ballet, and putting the finishing touches on a fantasy series that, while it never mentions the Faith directly, incorporates a lot of its principles. She makes her home in the Salt Lake City area with a husband and four children (all adult, one human, the rest feline).

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