Symbol and Secret:
Qur’an Commentary in Bahá’u’lláh’s Kitáb-i-Íqán, Volume 7
Here is the first full volume in English ever devoted to a study of the Kitáb-i Íqán, a book designated by the Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith as “foremost among the priceless treasures cast forth from the billowing ocean of Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelation.”
Christopher Buck, a Bahá’í scholar of Islamic Studies, brings his considerable talents to bear on Bahá’u’lláh’s explanations of the symbolic language to be found in the Qur’an and in the Gospels. Through the power of this explanation, Bahá’u’lláh creates new meanings for these verses and lays the foundation for a new religion.
Buck offers us his research into the revelation of the Kitáb-i Íqán and the early history of its publication in India, at Bahá’u’lláh’s command. He answers the attacks that non-Bahá’í critics have directed against it. He goes on to analyze the rhetorical techniques which Bahá’u’lláh uses in this work. And, finally, he illustrates for us how the Kitáb-i Íqán forms a bridge to a new Revelation. This is a masterful piece of scholarship. A “must-read” for all serious students of Bahá’í Scripture.
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