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Baha’u’llah as fulfilment of the theophanic promise in the Sermons of Imam ‘Alí ibn Abí álib. Translation of al utunjiyya, Iftikhár and Ma’rifat bin-Nurániyyat

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In the traditions of the Twelver Branch of Islám or Imámí Shi'ism in particular, three sermons of Imám Alí stand out as pivotal in their contribution to the Bahá’í writings. These are known as the sermons of utunjiyyih [the Gulf ), Nurániyyat [Recognition through Luminousness], and Iftikhár [Glorification]. They hold tremendous theological importance, and, down the centuries, have had a magnetic effect on Shi'ih religious thought. The author of the book that contains these three sermons, afiz Rajab al Bursi (died 1411 CE), held a very high view of the station of the Imams, Likewise these texts vere highly valorized by Shaykh Amad and Siyyid Kazim, Sayyid `Alí Muhammad, the Bab and Mirza Husayn Ali, Baha’u’lllah respectively.
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Keywords: Alí ibn Abí álib; Baha’u’llah; Esoteric Shi’ism; Rajab Bursi; al utunjiyya

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Leicester, U.K., Independent Scholar

Publication date: June 1, 2013

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