Very Dear Friends,
`Irfán Colloquium has had the precious opportunity to benefit from your scholarly presentations and valuable research papers in the past and is deeply indebted to each and every one of you for the Colloquium’s performance and achievements over the past 18 years. As we are entering the nineteenth year, we eagerly expect that your valuable input may once again enrich our programs and publications.
`Irfán Colloquia, in 2013, will be celebrating golden jubilee of the formation of the Universal House of Justice. We welcome presentation of studies and research papers on topics related to this epoch-making event: establishment of the Universal House of Justice, its status and achievements. The following topics are some of the possible subjects suggested for research and study.
Golden Jubilee of the Establishment of the Universal House of Justice:
- Prophesies in the scriptures of the previous religions
House of Justice in the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh
House of Justice in the Writings of `Abdu’l-Bahá
House of Justice in the Writings of Shoghi Effendi
House of Justice in the Messages of the Universal House of Justice
Universal House of Justice: From a socio-political perspective
A glance at the achievements of the Universal House of Justice during the past fifty years
Expansion and development of the Bahá’í World since 1957
Legislating Laws: comparative studies of Bahá’í Faith and other religions
Also, you may propose other subjects of your choice for studies appropriate for celebrating this golden jubilee. You are also welcome to propose presentation of research papers on topics of your own choice related to the deeper and systematic studies in the Bahá’í Writings and on the interface between the Bahá’í Faith and other religious traditions, schools of thought and scientific disciplines. Other topics that are suggested for research and presentation include the following:
- Tablets to the Kings and Rulers:
Analytical study of a specific Tablet
Thematic study of the Tablets
Study of the Tablets from the sociopolitical viewpoint
- Bahá’í Theological Concepts such as
God, Revelation, Manifestation, Creation, Covenant, and Afterlife
- Commentaries in the Bahá’í Writings on selected topics in the Bible
- Bahá’í Faith and Christianity: A Comparative Study
Kindly inform us, at your earliest convenience, of the topic or topics of your choice, the language or languages in which your paper will be prepared and the session or sessions at which you would like to make your presentation.
We need this information for the planning of, and preparation for, the `Irfán Colloquium sessions in 2013 at Bosch Bahá’í School (end of May), Acuto Center for Bahá’í Studies (end of June and beginning of July), and Louhelen Bahá’í School (beginning of October.)
We shall appreciate it if you kindly share this information with other interested friends.
We are looking forward to hearing from you and having the pleasure of your participation at the Irfan Colloquium programs in 2013.
With loving Bahá’í greetings,