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TITLEThe Three Stages of Divine Revelation
AUTHOR 1Guy Sinclair
TITLE_PARENTJournal of Bahá'í Studies
PUB_THISAssociation for Bahá'í Studies North America
ABSTRACTShoghi Effendi states that the Kitáb-i-Iqán "adumbrates and distinguishes between the three stages of Divine Revelation"; some Sufi doctrines help understand the significance of Bahá'u'lláh’s three stages.
NOTES See also See also original scan.
TAGS- Philosophy; Archetypes; Cosmology; Creation; Hidden Treasure (Hadith); Kitáb-i-Íqán (Book of Certitude); Revelation; Revelation, Three stages of; Sufism
About: In God Passes By, Shoghi Effendi briefly summarizes the contents of Bahá’u’lláh’s Kitáb-i-Íqán, stating (inter alia) that the Kitáb-i-Íqán “adumbrates and distinguishes between the three stages of Divine Revelation.” This paper seeks to explore the meaning of this short phrase, by discussing what Shoghi Effendi means by “Divine Revelation” and by locating the three stages in the Íqán itself. The paper then sketches some doctrines of Sufi philosophers which provide important background to understanding the significance of Bahá’u’lláh’s three stages, and attempts to articulate one understanding of the passage in the Kitáb-i-Íqán, read together with Shoghi Effendi’s interpretation.
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