Necati Alkan, The Babi and Baha’i Religions in the Ottoman Empire, Sept. 8 and 22

Sunday, Sept. 8, 2 p.m. Eastern time

The Babi and Baha’i Religions in the Ottoman Empire based on Ottoman sources

Despite the genesis of the Babi-Baha’i Religions in Iran, from very early on important developments took place in the neighboring Ottoman Empire. This session will provide the historical context of events in the life of the Bab and Baha’u’llah. The session will be mainly based on the analysis of documents mainly at the Ottoman Archives in Istanbul/Turkey.

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2 p.m. Eastern time

Baha’u’llah’s and ‘Abdu’l-Baha‘s Responses to Ottoman Reform and their Relations with Ottoman Reformers

Baha’u’llah, and His Son and Successor ‘Abdu’l-Baha were in contact with Ottoman statesmen and reformers from the 1860s onwards. With a claim to a new religious dispensation, Baha’u’llah, calling Himself a “World Reformer,” composed many Writings stressing not only the spiritual regeneration and advancement of humanity but also material progress. Based on these Writings, ‘Abdu’l-Baha further elaborated His Father’s ideas and promoted these among reform-minded Ottoman statesmen. A special attention in this talk are His unpublished Turkish Writings.


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