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TITLECentering the "Pupil of the Eye": Blackness, Modernity, and the Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh
AUTHOR 1Derik Smith
DATE_THIS2019
VOLUME29:1-2
TITLE_PARENTJournal of Bahá'í Studies
PAGE_RANGE7-28
PUB_THISAssociation for Bahá'í Studies North America
CITY_THISOttawa
ABSTRACTThe "pupil of the eye" metaphor is a deeply consequential, distinguishing feature of the transformative social and spiritual system laid out in Bahá’u’lláh's Revelation.
NOTES Article mirrored from journal.bahaistudies.ca/online/article/view/252. See also the complete issue [PDF].
TAGS- Africa; - Metaphors and allegories; - Metaphors and allegories; African Americans; Modernity; Pupil of the eye (metaphor); Race; Racism; Slavery; United States (documents); Unity
 
CONTENT
About: In the late nineteenth century, Bahá’u’lláh likened people of African descent to the “pupil of the eye” through which the “light of the spirit shineth forth.” This essay argues that the “pupil of the eye” metaphor is a deeply consequential, distinguishing feature of the transformative social and spiritual system laid out in Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelation. Studying the nexus of capitalism, race, and intellectual history, the essay historicizes Bahá’u’lláh’s elevating metaphor, arguing that it amounts to a forceful refutation of anti-blackness and thus a dismantling of one of modernity’s pivotal ideologies. Ultimately, the essay demonstrates that the unique integrity and coherence of Bahá’u’lláh’s system for the creation of universal unity and justice is especially manifest through analytical contemplation of the “pupil of the eye” metaphor.
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