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TITLEA Study of the Meaning of the Word "Al-Amr" in the Qur'án and in the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh
AUTHOR 1Moojan Momen
TITLE_PARENTLights of Irfan
PUB_THISIrfan Colloquia
ABSTRACTExamines two controversies about the Arabic-Persian term "al-amr"/"amr" regarding Quranic prophecy and the status of Subh-e Azal.
NOTES Presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #22, London, England (August 27-29, 1999).

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CROSSREFMessianic Concealment and Theophanic Disclosure (Momen, 2007)
TAGS- Interfaith dialogue; - Islam; Amr (word); Baghdad, Iraq; Cause (word); Criticism and apologetics; Day of Judgment (or Day of Resurrection); Edward Granville Browne; Iraq; Kitáb-i-Íqán (Book of Certitude); Mírzá Yahya (Subh-i-Azal); Prophecies; Quran; Shahifiy-i-Shattiyyih (Book of the River); Sulaymaniyyih, Iraq; Words and phrases
Abstract: The word "amr" in Persian or "al-amr" in Arabic has a range of meaning that covers several words in English. In two instances the precise meaning has become a source of controversy and it is therefore necessary to examine this matter more carefully. In this paper, I will look in detail at the use of the word in the Qur'án in order to delineate the semantic range for this word in the Qur'án. This is in order to examine the assertion by Bahá'í apologists that the term "al-amr" in Qur'án 32:5 ("He establishes His Decree "al-amr"--from heaven to earth and it will return to Him in a Day, the length of which is one thousand years in your reckoning") refers to the appearance of a new religion one thousand years after the Prophet Muhammad. I will also examine the semantic range of the occurrence of this word in the early writings of Bahá'u'lláh in order to assess the assertion of Prof. E.G. Browne that the phrase "masdar-i-amr" which appears in the Kitáb-i-Íqán is an acknowledgement by Bahá'u'lláh of the leadership of Azal at the time of the revelation of the Íqán in about 1861-2.
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