Haykal - Writings of the Bāb

 

           

HAYKAL:

The Arabic and Persian Writings of the Bab : Introductions, Notes, Studies and Translations.

Stephen N. Lambden

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Bibliographies

THE EARLIEST WRITINGS

(1844-5).

The Qur'ānic Sūrat al-Baqara

The Qur'ānic Sūrat Yusuf (Surah of Joseph). Q. 12.
A.J. Arberry.pdf

Short Studies on the Qayyūm al-asmā'.

 

Joseph and Jacob reunited

Select Tafsir and related Writings of the Bab. 

The Basmala

Surat al-Nūr and the Light Verse

THE `ULUM AL-GHAYB ("ESOTERIC SCIENCES") : TALISMANY, ALCHEMY AND JAFR, ETC.

Complex talismanic configuration of the Bab.

SOME EARLY KHUTBAS,

 LITERARY SERMONS-DISCOURSES OF THE BAB.

  • The al-Khuṭba al-Ṭutunjiyya of Imam `Ali and the Commentary of Sayyid Kazim Rashti.
  • Sharḥ al-Khuṭba al-Ṭutunjiyya of the Bab - Introduction.
  • Sharḥ al-Khuṭba al-Ṭutunjiyya of the Bab - Translation.
  • Two khuṭbas revealed in Bushire՝ : Mss. = (1) Tehran, INBA 4011C, pp. 341-48 (2) Tehran, INBA 5006C, pp. 359-63. Khuṭba revealed in Banakān' No surviving manuscript is known. 'Khuṭba revealed in Kanakān' : Mss. = (1.) Tehran, IΝΒΑ 4011C, pp. 351-58 (2). Tehran, INBA 5006C, pp. 355-59. Khuṭba on the `Īd al-Fiṭr (= 1st Shawwal 1260 at end of Ramadan = 1st October 1844?), Khuṭba fi'l-Masqat ("Sermon at Muscat"). Khuṭba written in Masqat [Musqat] (1). Tehran, INBA 4011C, pp. 359-96; (2.) Tehran, INBA 5(X)6C, pp. 326-30.

THE LITERARY DISCOURSE - SERMON AT JEDDAH 

  • Kh-Jidda = Khuṭba at Jeddah.  Mss. = (1) Tehran, INBA 5006C, 330-35 (2) Tehran, INBA 3036C, 404ff (3) INBMC 91:60-74.

  • Khuṭba Jidda (The Sermon at Jeddah). Abstract of early paper. Kh-jiddah-Abstract.pdf

  • Kh-Jidda-Beta Introduction, Notes and Misc  kh-jiddah-Int-Notes-Misc.pdf

  • Khuṭba Jidda (The Sermon at Jeddah), Text and Translation: INBMC 91:60-74. Kh-Jiddah txt.pdf

  • PDf. The Khuṭba al-Jiddah (Sermon at Jeddah) of Sayyid `Alī Muhammad, the Bāb (d. 1850 CE). Lambden Introduction and Translation c. 2006.   Khutba-jiddah-Beta.pdf

THE LITERARY DISCOURSE ON THE `ILM AL-HURUF

THE GNOSIS OF THE LETTERS

  • Khuṭba on  the `ilm al-ḥuruf ("The gnosis of the Letters"). Introduction.

  • Kh- Huruf = Khuṭba on `ilm al-ḥurūf : Mss. = (1) Tehran, INBA 5006C, pp. 315-17 (2) Tehran, INBA 6004C, pp. 209-213 (3) Tehran, INBMC 67, pp. 228-33. (4) INMBC 91:30-36.

  • Text and Lambden Beta trans. Beta Web I 2007 version. Pdf. Khutba `ilm al-huruf.pdf 

  • Kutba on the `ilm al-huruf ("The science of the letters") - revised 09-2014.

  • An Abstract  for an Unpublished Paper : `The `Ilm al-Ḥurūf (Science of the Letters) among the `ulūm al-ghayb ("Esoteric Sciences") in the writings of the Bāb with special reference to the Qayyūm al-asmā' and the Khuṭba `Ilm al-Ḥurūf  (Sermon on the Science of the Letters).

  •  Khuṭba on the sufferings of the Imam Husayn' (= Khuṭba fi'I safına).   Mss. (1). Tehran, IΝΒΑ  5006C, pp. 317-20  (2) INBMC 91: XX . >    Lambden Translation

  • Three  khuṭbas revealed on the way to Mecca' . Not extant?

  • Khuṭba for Mullā Ḥusayn revealed on board ship' (?= 'a khuṭba revealed in Jidda at the time of his embarkation on the ship') 1. Tehran, IΝΒΑ 4011C, pp. 348-51 2. Tehran, IΝΒΑ 5006C, pp. 339-40.

  • A Khuṭba (Sermon) of the Bāb composed near Medina.

  • Khuṭba revealed one stage from Medina' 1. Tehran, INBA 5006C, pp. 322-24 ; INBMC 91:ADD.

  • (xi) Two  khuṭbas revealed near the staging-post of al-Safra' 1. Tehran, ΓΝΒΑ 5006C, pp. 320-22 and 324-26. (x) 'A Khuṭba [written] one stage from Medina' 1. Tehran, INBA 5006C, pp. 322-24' (xi) Two Khuṭbas [written] near the staging-post of al-Safra' 1. Tehran, ΓΝΒΑ 5006C, pp. 320-22 and 324-26.

  • (xii) A Khuṭba written as a preface to the Tafsīr Sūrat al-kawthar (Q.  ) of the Bab (1845). 

  • Khuṭba associated with the Tafsir Surat al-Baqara  of the Bab (late 1843).

  • The Khuṭba al-Jalīliyya ("The Sermon of the Divine Majesty")  This Khuṭba in INBMC 67: 1-5 immediately precedes the Bab's Tafsir Surat al-`Asr. It is not listed in MacEoin's Sources.
  • PDf. The Khuṭba al-Jalīliyya from INBMC 67. kh-Jaliliyya.pdf
  • The Khuṭba al-dhikriyya ("The Sermon of the Remembrance").
  • Kh-Qahriyya. = Khuṭba-yi qahriyya (The Sermon of Wrath). Tehran, INBA 4012C, pp. 1-13 +  INBMC 64:127-150.(2)  2. Iran, INBMC 64, pp. 127-50 + Princeton Ms.  

SOME EARLY LETTERS OF THE BAB

  • (i) Five addressed  to Mullā Ḥusayn Bushrū'ī, the first of the `Letters of the Living' (d. Tabarsī 1849 CE).
  • (ii) Three addressed to Mīrzā Sayyid Ḥasan, the great Afnan and brother-in-law of the Bab (d. xxxx/xxxx CE).

Letters to the Maternal uncle of the Bab, Ḥājī Mīrzā Sayyid `Alī (d. 1852 CE)

  • (vi) Six Letters/Tablets addressed  to the maternal uncle of the Bab, Ḥājī Mīrzā Sayyid `Alī (d. 1852 CE), his guardian known as the Khāl-i A`ẓam ("the Greatest Uncle"). One of the seven martyrs of Tehran. (1) Add (6) Letter sent with Quddus to Shiraz for Hājj Mirza Sayyid `Alī. (6a) French trans. in  Nicolas, Séyyèd Ali Mohammed, (1905), pp. 214-18. (vii) 2 to Ḥājī Mullā Muhammad (d.    CE).

Two Letters to the Khadījah Bagum (d. 1882 CE), the wife of the Bab and cousin of  his mother

  • Khadījah Bagum (d. 1882 CE), the wife of the Bab and cousin of  his mother

  • (viii) Two for  Khadījah Bagum (d. 1882 CE), the wife of the Bab and cousin of the mother of the Bab. (1) The `First Letter to Khadījah Bagum, the wife of the Bab'. See Balyuzi, The Bab (1973); at the front is a good photograph of the autograph original text. (2) The Second Letter to Khadījah Bagum, the wife of the Bab. 

  • (ix)  Three Tablets to the Sunni Ḥanbalī, Maghribī, and Ḥanafī Imāms

Tablet to the Kirmani Shaykhī leader Ḥājī Mirza Muhammad Karīm Khān Kīrmānī (d. 1288/1871).

Devotional Writings and Ziyārat-Nama ("Visiting Tablets")

Ten Prayers written in reply to questions: 

  • (1) Prayer in reply to twenty questions. (2) Prayer in  reply to al-`Alawiyya. (3) Prayer in  reply to Mullā `Abd al-KhāIiq [Yazdī] (d. XXX/XXX). (4) Prayer in  reply to Karbalā'ī `Alī Aṣghar (d. XXX/XXX). (5) Prayer in  reply to Mullā `Abd al-Jalīl [Urūmī] (d. XXX/XXX) on the sijdat al-shukr  ('thanksgiving prostration'). (6) Prayer in  reply to Mīrzā Muhammad `Alī Nahrī (d. XXX/XXX). (7) Prayer in  reply to Mullā Aḥmad Khurāsānī [Mu`āllim-i Ḥisārī?](d. XXX/XXX), Di`bil, and the son of Mīrzā `Alī al-Akhbarī (d. XXX/XXX). (8) Prayer in reply to Mīrzā Hādī (d. XXX/XXX) and Mīrzā Muhammad `Alī Qazvīnī (d. XXX/XXX). (9) Prayer in  reply to Mullā Ibrahīm Mahallatī (d. XXX/XXX). (10) Prayer in  reply to the Shi`i scholar Sayyid Ja`far Shubbar  (d. XXX/XXX). 

 

The Bab and Select Shi`i Hadith Texts

The Earliest Period May 1844 - September 1846

Commentaries on Islamic traditions or Hadith Literatures.

Ḥadith are of the greatest significance in Sunni and Shi`i Islam. The word Ḥadith can indicate a textual tradition which sets down something of doctrinal or practical religious significance allegedly related to the Prophet Muhammad or to one or more of the Twelver Imams. It's text (Ar. matn) was often initially orally transmitted through a possibly lengthy and sometimes complicated and controversial chain of transmitters (Ar. isnad).

Kitāb al-Fihrist ("The Book of the Index").

Select Writings of the Bab dating to the Isfahan Period

(September 1846-> March 1847 CE)

THE LAST YEARS IN PERSIAN ĀDHIRBĀYJĀN : AT MĀKŪ AND CHIHRĪQ
( March 1263/1847-> 1266/ July 9th 1850 CE)

DALA'IL-I SAB`AH - PERSIAN AN D ARABIC

THE PERSIAN AND ARABIC BAYANS

THE ARABIC BAYAN

SOME LATER LETTERS AND WRITINGS OF THE BAB.

LIST UNDER REVISION

  • [01] Reply to one of the believers (pp.1-3). [02] Unspecified  (pp.3-9). [03] Reply to a question of Sayyid Yaḥyā Darābī al-Wāḥid al-Awwal (`The First Wāḥid')  (pp.9-26). [04] In commentary on a statement of Sayyid Kāẓim Rashtī (d.1259/1843)(pp.26-35). [05] To Sayyid Yaḥyā Darābī al-Wāḥid al-Awwal (`The First Wāḥid') (pp.35-44).

  • [06] تفسير الواو فی كلمة والصافات = Commentary upon the letter wāw (و) in the opening phrase of the first verse of the Sūrat al-Ṣāffāt, wa'l-Ṣāffāt, "By those arrayed in rows!" ("Qur'ān, 37:1a) (p. 44-60). In this work the Bab mentions al-jabal al-shadīd ("the Severe Mountain") which is one of the ways he referred to Mākū, the place of his imprisonment in Persian Ādhirbāyjān in 1848-9.  [07] Continuation and conclusion of No [6] above (pp. 60-63).

  • [08] Explanation of the [eschatological-chronological implications]  دائرة الايقغ , Dā'irat al-A+Y+Q-Gh (= abjad 1-10-100-1000), the Talismanic Circle of the Numerical series  1-10-100-1000") (pp. 63-65). 

  • [09]  Answer to Shaykh Nāṣir al-Dīn Karbalā'ī, written in 1264/1848 (pp. 65-77).

  • [10] On the  بسيط الحقيقة  Basīṭ al-Ḥaqīqa ("The Unicity-Simplicity of Reality [is all things]" of Mulla Sadra al-Din Shirazi (d. Basra, c. 1050 /1640-1), (pp. 77-88).

  • [11] Answer to the Mu`tamad al-Dawla, Manūchihr Khān Gurjī (d. 1264/1847) one time Governor of Isfahan (pp. 88-93). 

  • [12] Answer to the Governor of Shūshtar (pp. 93-100). [13] Answer to a student on the queries in the Qur'ān (pp.100-104). [14] On the Mi'rāj (Night Journey) [cf. Qur'an 17:1f] in the Land of Ṣād (Isfahān) (pp. 104-106).

  • [15] Explanation of a tradition of the Imam Riḍā' (pp. 106-108). [16] Answer to Ḥājjī Muhammad, written from Mākū (pp. 108-111). [17] Answer to an enquirer in Isfahān (pp. 111-115). [18] Answer to Sayyid Asadu'llāh of Qazwīn (pp. 115-116), dated Jumādā 1, 1263/ April-May, 1847, from "the Prison in the Mountain " (p.116-120). [19] Answer to Mullā Rajab 'Alī [Janāb-i-Qahīr] (pp. 120-127). [20] Answer to Sayyid Ahmad Āqā-Zāda (p. 126-7). [21] Answer to Mīrzā Muhammad 'Alī (p. 127-131). [22] Answer to Mīrzā 'Abdu'l-Wahhāb Munshī (p. 131-133). [23] Answer to the father of Sayyid Ḥusayn, written from Mākū (p. 133-135).

  • [24] To Jināb-i-Ṭāhira (Qurrat al-'Ayn) [d. 1852 CE], from Mākū (p. 135-138). [25] Answer to Mullā Aḥmad Ibdāl [Maraghā'ī] (12th `Letter of the Living', d. Tabarsi, 1848-9), from Mākū (p. 138-143). [26] To Sayyid Abu'l Ḥasan ibn Sayyid `Alī Zunūzī, Commentary on the Du`ā al-Ṣabāḥ (Morning Prayer) of Imam `Ali ibn Abi Talib (d. 40/661) dating from the Mākū period since the Bāb refres to being fi wast al-jibal ( "in the centre of the mountain", p.145), (p. 143-155).

  • [27] Commentary on the āyāt al-nūr ("Verse of Light "- Qur'ān 24:35) (p. 155-171).

  • [28] Answer to Asad (pp. 171-189). [29] To Mīrzā Najaf-Qulī (pp. 189-192). [30] To two persons from "the Land of Paradise" (pp. 192-196). [31] To Mullā Ahmad (pp. 196-223). [32] Letter to the `Ulamā' (pp. 224-232). (List based on the Browne-Nicholson, Catalogue p.62)

  • From a Tablet of the Bāb to Mullā Muhammad Baqīr Tabrīzī (d. Istanbul c. 1881 CE) about, the messianic and theophanic figure `Man Yuzhiruhu Allah' (Him whom God shall make manifest. Bab-Tabrizi-.pdf
  • PDf. Arabic and Persian text from Gulpaygani, et. al. Kashf al-ghita App. I. Bab-Tabrizi-Txt.pdf

THE KITAB-I PANJ SHA'N (BOOK OF THE FIVE CATEGORIES).

THE KITAB-I HAYKAL AL-DIN (BOOK OF THE TEMPLE OF THE RELIGION).

Mirza Yahya Nuri and his Will and Testament.

 

SOME PAPERS ON THE THEOLOGY AND THEOPHANOLOGY OF THE BAB

  • Some notes on the Arabic term Mashiyya and associated Cosmogonical-theological hypostases in Shī`ī-Shaykhī and Bābī-Bahā'ī literarures.
  • Some Christian rooted doctrines in the writings of the Bab (1819-1850):  Trinity, Incarnation, Sonship and the form or Symbol of the cross.

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