The Kitáb-i-Íqán is one of the most important Writings of Baháulláh, the Founder of the Baháí Faith. Baháulláh revealed this book within the space of two days and two nights, in the last years of His stay in Baghdád (AH 1278AD 1862). According to Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Baháí Faith, The Kitáb-i-Íqán sets forth in outline the Grand Redemptive Scheme of God and it occupies a position unparalleled by any work in the entire range of the Baháí literature, except The Kitáb-i-Aqdas Bahá'u'lláhs Most Holy Book.
This current book is a record of the journey that the author has taken through The Kitáb-i-Íqán over a period of 12 years. It is not an interpretation or a critical analysis of the content of the book. Neither does it provide any personal opinion. It primarily guides reader through a systematic study of the Íqán while providing some background information on topics raised by Baháulláh in each paragraph. It is called a tutorial as it attempts to simulate, as much as possible, the tutor-tutored relationship in a self-paced personal study. All the references in the tutorial are sourced either from authoritative Baháí materials or obtained from other reliable sources.
The 290 paragraphs of The Kitáb-i-Íqán are apportioned for study to 58 chapters. The size and complexity of each chapter reflects the content and intricacy of the issues addressed in the paragraphs included therein. Each chapter starts with an introduction that highlights the key ideas. Then in a coherent manner, background information on the terminologies, references and mystical concepts inherent in each paragraph is provided. The tutorial covers the 266 topics embedded in The Kitáb-i-Íqán.
Fazel Naghdy is an educator and a researcher. His passion for education has been a dominant force in his life both as a Bahá’í and an academic. He has been working with Bahá’í youth and junior youth for more than 20 years, helping to unfold their inner intellectual and spiritual capacities. He has also been teaching at the tertiary education level for over two decades. He has published widely on innovation in teaching and learning as well as on his research discipline: robotics and intelligent systems. He is currently a professor at the School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering, University of Wollongong. He lives with his wife Golshah in Wollongong, Australia.