Literary Dimensions of the Báb’s Revelation

Thursday, February 16, 2017
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You can find two related articles by Dr. Lawson by following the links below:

Joycean Modernism in a NineteenthCentury Qur’an Commentary? A Comparison of the Bab’s Qayyūm alasmā’ with Joyce’s Ulysses

The Baha’i Tradition – The Return of Joseph and the Peaceable Imagination

A close examination of the form and contents of the Qayyúm al-asmá – also known as the Tafsír súrih Yúsuf – suggests that the Báb was consciously rewriting the Qur’án in a gesture of literary and religious modernism in which the past is simultaneously hallowed and reconfigured. This becomes more clear if we compare some aspects of the central patterns of the Qayyúm al-asmá with those of what may be considered the major founding work of European literary modernism, James Joyce’s Ulysses.

TODD LAWSON is emeritus professor of Islamic Thought at the University of Toronto where he taught for 25 years. He has published widely on Bahá’í Faith, Qur’án commentary, the Qur’án as literature, Sufism, and Shí‘ih Islám. He is the recipient of the 2016 ABS award for distinguished scholarship for his book Gnostic Apocalypse and Islam: Qur’an, Exegesis, Messianism, and the Literary Origins of the Babi Religion.