Centenary of the Tablets of Divine Plan: The Theme for the July 2016 ‘Irfán Conference in Italy

The theme for 2016 ‘Irfán colloquia is the Centenary of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Tablets of the Divine Plan, a unique document ushering in the Formative Age of the Bahá’í Faith. But, as usual, presentation on other topics are also scheduled. The annual session of the ‘Irfán Colloquium is being held at the Centre for Bahá’í Studies, Acuto, Italy, July 5–8.

Presenters for the colloquium include some familiar names and some not so familiar. Three Wilmette Institute faculty will be presenting: Necati Alkan, Moojan Momen, and Wendi Momen. Other presenters are Vahid Behmardi, Mehrdad Ehsani, Parvaneh Farid-Monfared, Jena Khadem-Khodadad, Sivan Lerer, Vahid Rafati, Habib Riazati, Faezeh Mardan, Julio Savi, and Iscander Tinto.

Presentations include a number focusing on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the Tablets of the Divine Plan:

  • Personal Transformation through Teaching in the Tablets of the Divine Plan
  • Tablets of Divine Plan as the “Source of the Transforming Force Charting the Road for the Development of the Bahá’í Community”
  • Tracing Themes Found in the Tablets of the Divine Plan
  • Persian (and Perhaps Turkish) Poems Composed by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and His Ideas about Poetry

 Other presentations include:

  • Bahá’u’lláh’s Lawh-i Istintaq (Tablet of the Interrogation)
  • Some Ottoman Documents about Bábís and Bahá’ís in the Ottoman Empire
  • Ego: “The Prison of Self”
  • The Spiritual Dimension of Medical Treatment
  • The Phenomenon of Newly Emerging Entities: The Twofold Process
  • The Hidden Words as andarz Literature: A Comparison between the Commentary and Interpretation of an Islamic Tradition by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Ayatu’llah Khomeini
  • Bahá’í Inspired Financial and Commercial Companies
  • The Major Themes in the Tablets of the World and Maqsud and Their Intrinsic Relationships to The Secret of Divine Civilization of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

‘Irfán colloquiums aim to promote deep and systematic study of the scriptures of the world’s religions from the Bahá’í perspective, as well as verities and fundamental principles of the belief system and the sacred writings of the Bahá’í Faith. The program also includes presentations on the interface between the Bahá’í Faith and various religious traditions and schools of thought, as well as Bazm-i-‘Irfán for musical performances.

Participating in the ‘Irfán Colloquium provides an opportunity for dialogue, networking, and team-building among those engaged in Bahá’í studies and for meeting and associating with researchers and scholars and benefitting from their presentations. All those attending the ‘Irfán Colloquium will receive a gift set of ‘Irfán publications.

To register for the Acuto colloquia, telephone or email the Centre for Baha’i Studies at 39-0775-56061 or lapanoramicahotel@gmail.com. For more details, see: www.centrostudibahai.com.

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