Call for Papers for 2013 ‘Irfán Colloquiums

In 2013, as the `Irfán Colloquium enters its nineteenth year, the theme of its three conferences will focus on the golden jubilee of the election of the Universal House of Justice in 1963.

The three conferences will be held at: 

  • Bosch Bahá’í School, Santa Cruz, CA, USA (May 23–26, 2013, in Persian and English)
  • Center for Bahá’í Studies, Acuto, Italy (Persian, June 23–30; English, June 30–July 4, 2013)
  • Louhelen Bahá’í School, Davison, MI, USA (October 10–13, 2013, in Persian and English)

 The ‘Irfán planning team invites studies and research papers on topics related to the fiftieth anniversary of the epoch-making establishment of the Universal House of Justice, its status, and its 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
  • The House of Justice in the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh
  • The House of Justice in the Writings of `Abdu’l-Bahá
  • The House of Justice in the Writings of Shoghi Effendi
  • Justice in the Messages of the Universal House of Justice
  • The Universal House of Justice: A Socio-Political Perspective
  • A Survey of the Achievements of the Universal House of Justice during the Past Fifty Years
  • The Expansion and Development of the Bahá’í World since 1957
  • Legislating Laws: Comparative Studies of the Bahá’í Faith and Other Religions
  • Other subjects of your choice for studies appropriate for celebrating this golden jubilee

In addition, you are also welcome to propose research papers on topics of your own choice related to deeper and systematic studies of the Bahá’í writings and the interface between the Bahá’í Faith and other religious traditions, schools of thought, and scientific disciplines. Such topics might include the following: 

  • Tablets to the Kings and Rulers:
         Analytical study of a specific tablet
         Thematic study of several tablets
         Study of the tablets from the sociopolitical point of view
  • 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
  • The Bahá’í Faith and Christianity: A Comparative Study

Please send the following information to as soon as possible:

            1. The topic or topics on which you wish to present
            2. The language or languages in which you will prepare your presentation
            3. The venue or venues at which you wish to make to make your presentation

Please feel free to share the information about the three ‘Irfán Colloquiums (one in Italy and two in the United States) with other interested friends.

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