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AcronymsgoBack
A listing of known acronyms. As more are uncovered they will be added to the list. This page first came online 30 April 2017.
As well as listing the acronyms, where available links have been added to the individual Volumes, to Compilations, and to Glossary entries.
At this time, almost all the acronyms are related to the Bahá’í Faith. This will, hopefully, change over time to include other Faiths.
Last update:   online-30 April 2017;   ePub-still to come;   pdf-still to come
Amalgamated A-ZgoBack
An A to Z amalgated from the A to Z indices located in the back of the hard-copy versions. As work progresses, new entries are being generated as previously unindexed entries are found. Once the existing indices have been included, work will begin on creating indices for those volumes which do not yet carry one.
Volumes which have been, or are in the process of being added to the A to Z also have a link to the A to Z on their ‘Contents’ page
Note that this current version is a development version. More information in the ‘Notes and Help’ page accessible from the entry page to the A to Z.
As navigation is different to what would normally be expected, it is strongly suggested that the ‘Notes and Help’ page is viewed on the first visit at least, as a detailed description on navigation is found there.
Entries being added now are from Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, the letter ‘B’.
Last update:   online-8 April 2017;   ePub-still to come;   pdf-still to come
GlossarygoBack
Initial inspiration and data for these pages is the Glossary found in the volume Messages from the Universal House of Justice 1963-1986, beginning on page 729. Special thanks also to the author of Apocalypse Secrets for the kind permission to include the Glossary from that work.
A number of entries have been brought up to date, and a few re-worded. Entries have been re-formatted. Entries from other Works and volumes have been included. Where relevant, entries have a link to the A-Z. New entries are being added on an ongoing basis.
Last update:   online-8 April 2017;   ePub-still to come;   pdf-still to come
Arabic & Farsi transliteration list and glossary for Bahá’ísgoBack
This HTML document is presented with the very kind permission of the author of the initial Microsoft Word document, a document he has worked on for quite a number of years. This is a large document (2.0Mb) and will take a little time to display, but once loaded in the browser is quite responsive as the List is all on one page.
This List is under constant attention by the author, and as such it will be continually amended and enhanced with new entries.
Feedback and suggestions are most welcome.
Last update:   online-21 June 2017;   ePub-still to come;   pdf-still to come
Selections from the Writings of the BábgoBack
Text has been divided with one HTML page per hard-copy page. ‘Index to Pages’ does not exist in the original soft or hard-copy versions. Formatting as per 1976 Edition, 1982 imprint. ‘Notes’ from hardcopy are included. References to the Qur’án link to the relevant chapter and verse of the Qur’án. Has links to the Glossary throughout the Text.
The ePub and PDF versions have been built from the all-on-one-page HTML version, but differ in that the links to the Glossary and to other external files, have been removed.
Last update:   online-13 February 2017;   ePub-17 December 2016;   pdf-17 December 2016
Days of RemembrancegoBack
Selections from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh for Bahá’í Holy Days
Text has been divided with one HTML page per page, with an all-on-one-page version also available. Formatting and pagination as per the online version at the Bahá’í Reference Library. ‘Index to Pages’ does not exist in the original version.
Pagination, based as it is on the soft-copy held at the Bahá’í Reference Library, may not be optimal, but serves quite well until a hard-copy is obtained to repaginate.
Last update:   online-13 February 2017;   ePub-30 January 2017;   pdf-30 January 2017
Epistle to the Son of the WolfgoBack
Lawḥ-i-Ibn-i-Dhi’b
Tablet to Shaykh Muḥammad-Taqí (known as Áqá Najafí), son of Shaykh Muḥammad-Báqir who was named “The Wolf” by Bahá’u’lláh
Text has been divided with one HTML page per hard-copy page. Glossary in the hard-copy has been included. Formatting as per 1988 pocket-sized edition. ‘Contents’ and ‘Index to Pages’ do not exist in the original soft or hard-copy versions.
Last update:   online-13 February 2017;   ePub-14 February 2017;   pdf-14 February 2017
Gems of Divine MysteriesgoBack
Javáhiru’l-Asrár
An epistle in Arabic written in reply to Siyyid Yúsuf-i-Sihdihí Iṣfahání
Text has been divided with one HTML page per hard-copy page. ‘Notes’ from the hard-copy are included. Formatting per 2002 edition. “Contents” page does not exist in the original soft or hard-copy. Additional navigational assistance is provided through the ‘Paragraphs’ and ‘Pages’ indices.
Last update:   online-24 February 2017;   ePub-25 February 2017;   pdf-25 February 2017
Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláhgoBack
“... a selection from some of the chief writings of Bahá’u’lláh ... intended to convey the spirit of Bahá’u’lláh’s life and teachings,...” (“Gleanings...”, Introduction, p. v)
Text has been divided with one HTML page per hard-copy page. “Contents” page: ‘Index to First Words’ in soft-copy version, ‘Index to Pages’ does not exist in the original soft or hard-copy. Pagination according to 1983 pocket sized edition.
Last update:   online-2 April 2017;   ePub-2 April 2017;   pdf-2 April 2017
Hidden WordsgoBack
Kalimát-i-Maknúnih
1858. Composed by Bahá’u’lláh “...as He paced, wrapped in meditation” on “the banks of the Tigris.” Indicated by Shoghi Effendi “.. that the work is to be identified with the Hidden Book of Fáṭimih,...” (“Hidden Words”, Introduction, p. i)
Text has been divided with one HTML page per hard-copy page, as per the 1954 edition. ‘Contents’ page, index into each Hidden Word and Index to Pages do not exist in the original soft or hard-copy.
Last update:   online-9 April 2017;   ePub-9 April 2017;   pdf-9 April 2017
The Kitáb-i-AqdasgoBack
circa 1873. Revealed by Bahá’u’lláh just after His transfer “to the house of ‘Údí Khammár”. Described by the writer of the Apocalypse ‘as the “new heaven” and the “new earth”, as “the Tabernacle of God”, as the “Holy City”, as the Bride”, the “New Jerusalem coming down from God”,...’ (“The Kitáb-i-Aqdas”, Description, p. 12)
Text has been divided with one HTML page per hard-copy page, as per the 1993 edition, Australian printing. Includes ‘Glossary’ and ‘Key to Passages Translated by Shoghi Effendi' from the hardcopy. ’Index to Paragraphs', 'Index to Questions and Answers', 'Index to Notes' and 'Index to Pages' are not in the original soft or hard copies. The letter from the Universal House of Justice dated 10 July 2014, regarding changes to the Bahá’í calendar, included at end of document by self.
Last update:   online-21 June 2017;   ePub-22 June 2017;   pdf-22 June 2017
The Kitáb-i-ÍqángoBack
1861/1862. Revealed in Baghdad in reply to four questions made in writing, asked of Him by Ḥájí Mírzá Siyyid Muḥammad, a maternal uncle of the Báb.
Text has been divided with one HTML page per hard-copy page, as per the 2003 edition. The “Contents” page, the 'Index to Paragraphs' and the 'Index to Pages' do not exist in the original soft or hard-copies. Glossary in the hard-copy has been included.
Last update:   online-24 February 2016;   ePub-24 February 2016;   pdf-24 February 2016
Prayers and MeditationsgoBack
A compilation of Prayers and Meditations of Bahá’u’lláh.
Text has been divided with one HTML page per hard-copy page. The “Contents” page, the ‘Index to Pages’ and the ‘Index to First Words’ do not exist in the original hard or soft copy versions. Formatting based on 1938 edition, eighth printing 1987.
Last update:   online-2 February 2016;   ePub-12 December 2014;   pdf-14 February 2015
Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláhgoBack
Selected passages from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, published by the Universal House of Justice in 1967.
“...and believing it to be its sacred duty, ... the Universal House of Justice, the international governing body of the Bahá’í Faith, proclaims again, through publication of these selected passages, the essence of that mighty call of a century ago. ...” (“Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh”, Introduction, p. xiv)
Note: This document is retained for historical purposes. For all practical intents, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts supercedes this document.
Text has been divided with one HTML page per hard-copy page. Page numbering and ‘References’ from copy held at Baha'i Library Online 2014. ‘Index to Pages’ not in hard or soft-copies.
Last update:   online-2 February 2016;   ePub-12 December 2014;   pdf-16 February 2015
The Seven Valleys and the Four ValleysgoBack
Seven Valleys and Four Valleys should be regarded as independent Tablets, as they were revealed to different persons” (Shoghi Effendi)
Seven Valleys (Haft-Vádí) was “...was written in response to questions of Shaykh Muḥyi’d-Dín,... ” who “was evidently a student of Ṣúfí philosophy” (“The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys”, Introduction, p. xiii)
Four Valleys (Chihár-Vádí) “was addressed to the learned Shaykh ‘Abdu’r-Raḥmán....” (“The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys”, Introduction, p. xviii)
Text has been divided with one HTML page per hard-copy page, based upon the 1952 version, tenth impression (1971).
Last update:   online-2 February 2016;   ePub-12 December 2014;   pdf-16 February 2015
The Summons of the Lord of HostsgoBack
Never since the beginning of the world,” Bahá’u’lláh declares, “hath the Message been so openly proclaimed.(“Summons...”, Introduction, p. i)
2002. A collection of the major Writings of Bahá’u’lláh—His letters to the monarchs of both the East and of the West. “The present volume brings together the first full, authorized English translation of these major writings.” (“Summons...”, Introduction, p. i)
Text has been divided with one HTML page per hard-copy page. Page division and formatting as per 2002 edition, Australian publication. Page and Paragraph indices specific to this online version.
(March 2015) : Has been updated to the new translation which has been available at the Bahá’í Reference Library from at least early 2015
Last update:   online-2 February 2016;   ePub-24 March 2015;   pdf-26 March 2015
The Tabernacle of UnitygoBack
A number of Tablets.
The first Tablet (Lawḥ-i-Mánikchí-Ṣáḥib) was addressed to Mánikchí-Ṣáḥib, a Zoroastian, in reply to questions he had raised.
The second Tablet (1882) was again in reply to Mánikchí-Ṣáḥib’s questions, but addressed to Mírzá Abu’l-Faḍl.
Included also are Lawḥ-i-Haft-Pursish (Tablet of the Seven Questions), which was addressed to Ustád Javán-Mard, a believer of Zoroastrian background, plus two other Tablets, also to believers of Zoroastrian origin.
Text has been divided with one HTML page per hard-copy page. Variations between this version and the original soft-copy are to match the hard-copy version. 'Index to Paragraphs' and 'Index to Pages' are specific to this online version.
Last update:   online-2 February 2016;   ePub-18 February 2015;   pdf-18 February 2015
Tablets of Bahá’u’lláhgoBack
First published 1978.
Information on the individual Tablets is on Wikipedia : Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas
Text has been divided with one HTML page per hard-copy page. Pagination as per 1988 pocket-sized edition. “Alternate Contents” page and “Index to Pages” specific to this online version. The ‘Notes’ in the hard-copy have been included.
Last update:   online-2 February 2016;   ePub-12 December 2014;   pdf-22 February 2015
Various Short TabletsgoBack
Not an official publication. Compiled by the editor of this site. All rights remain with the Bahá’í International Community.
Individual Tablets are not paginated. Includes the  Fire Tablet,  Long Healing Prayer,  Tablet of Aḥmad,  Tablet of the Branch,  Tablet of Carmel,  Tablet of the Holy Mariner,  Tablet of the True Seeker and  Tablet of Visitation
Last update:   online-2 February 2016;   ePub-12 December 2014;   pdf-22 February 2015Back
‘Abdu’l-Bahá in LondongoBack
Text has been divided with one HTML page per hard-copy page. Pagination as per online copy at Bahá’í Reference Library 2014.
Last update:   online-2 February 2016;   ePub-16 December 2014;   pdf-22 February 2015
Foundations of World UnitygoBack
A compilation from the Texts and Words of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Text has been divided with one HTML page per hard-copy page. Pagination as per online copy at Bahá’í Reference Library 2014.
Last update:   online-2 February 2016;   ePub-16 December 2014;   pdf-26 February 2015
Memorials of the FaithfulgoBack
Text has been divided with one HTML page per hard-copy page. Pagination as per online copy at Bahá’í Reference Library.
Last update:   online-2 February 2016;   ePub-20 December 2014;   pdf-9 March 2015
Paris TalksgoBack
Text has been divided with one HTML page per hard-copy page. Pagination as per online copy at Bahá’í Reference Library.
Last update:   online-2 February 2016;   ePub-21 December 2014;   pdf-11 March 2015
The Promulgation of Universal PeacegoBack
Text has been divided with one HTML page per hard-copy page. Pagination as per hardcopy, 1982 Edition.
Note: PDF version is not paginated, due to changes in the source text now available from the Bahá’í Reference Library that differ from the currently available hard-copy . Pagination will occur when the volume has been re-published with the changes. This also means that the HTML and ePub versions are out of date, which likewise will be updated with the new hard-copy when published.
Last update:   online-2 February 2016;   ePub-4 January 2015;   pdf-1 April 2015
The Secret of Divine CivilisationgoBack
Text has been divided with one HTML page per hard-copy page. Pagination and some elements of formatting as per hardcopy, 1990 Edition.
Last update:   online-2 February 2016;   ePub-5 January 2015;   pdf-2 April 2015
Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-BahágoBack
Text has been divided with one HTML page per hard-copy page. Pagination as per hardcopy, 1997 Edition.
Last update:   online-2 February 2016;   ePub-9 January 2015;   pdf-11 April 2015
Some Answered QuestionsgoBack
Text has been divided with one HTML page per hard-copy page. Pagination and some styling as per hardcopy, 1984 Edition, reprint 2011.
Last update:   online-2 February 2016;   ePub-12 January 2015;   pdf-24 April 2015
Tablet to August ForelgoBack
Text has been divided with one HTML page per hard-copy page. Pagination as per online copy at Bahá’í Reference Library.
Last update:   online-2 February 2016;   ePub-12 January 2015;   pdf-26 April 2015
Tablets of Abdul-Baha AbbasgoBack
Text has been divided with one HTML page per hard-copy page. Pagination as per online copy at Bahá’í Reference Library.
Last update:   online-2 February 2016;   ePub-12 January 2015;   pdf-18 June 2015
Tablets of the Divine PlangoBack
Text has been divided with one HTML page per hard-copy page. Pagination and some formatting styles as per hard-copy, 1993 Pocket sized edition.
Last update:   online-2 February 2016;   ePub-12 January 2015;   pdf-18 June 2015
A Traveler’s NarrativegoBack
Maqála-i-Shakhṣí Sayyáḥ
Text has been divided with one HTML page per hard-copy page. Pagination as per online copy at Bahá’í Reference Library
Last update:   online-2 February 2016;   ePub-12 January 2015;   pdf-18 June 2015
Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-BahágoBack
Text has been divided with one HTML page per hard-copy page. Pagination as per the 1990 reprint, Bahá’í Publishing Trust, Wilmette, Illinois
Last update:   online-2 February 2016;   ePub-12 January 2015;   pdf-18 June 2015
Tablet to the Central Organization for a Durable Peace, The HaguegoBack
Text is all on one page, as for the moment no information on where page breaks should be
Last update:   online-23 March 2017;   ePub-23 March 2017;   pdf-23 March 2017
The Holy Qur’ángoBack
Text has been divided with one HTML page per Súrah. The ‘Abdu’lláh Yúsif ‘Alí translation is available, including as an all-in-one-page version.
The HTML pages for the Mohammed Marmaduke Pickthall translation are being developed. No time-frame to completion can yet be given.
Last update:   Yúsif ‘Alí tr. : online-13 February 2017;   ePub-5 January 2017;   pdf-5 January 2017