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Scriptural Illuminations: A Guide to Bahá'í Doctrinal Texts

Bahá'í doctrinal literature includes the writings of the three Central Figures and the Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith who was appointed by Abdu'l-Baha as the authorized interpreter of the Bahá'í writings. After the passing of Shoghi Effendi, no further source of Bahai doctrinal literature exists, although the Universal House of Justice plays an important role in providing supplementary legislation. Key doctrinal literature include the works of the central figures, which have been helpfully organized by Shoghi Effendi into "best known works" lists for individual study, as well as the published letters of Shoghi Effendi and his published books, God Passes By (an outline of the first hundred years) and the Dawn-Breakers, a narrative history of the Bab's revelation. This book was written by Nabil, a close companion of the Bab, with help from Baha'u'llah, with editing by Abdu'l-Baha and finalized in English by Shoghi Effendi. As such, it is the only book in the Baha'i canon which was not directly written by one of the Central Figures or Shoghi Effendi.

What Constitutes the Core Bahá’í Doctrinal Works?

How Does Shoghi Effendi Clarify Bahá’í Teachings?

Is There Ongoing Revelation in Bahá’í Doctrine After Shoghi Effendi?

What Distinguishes Bahá’í Writings from Interpretive Texts?

Why Is 'The Dawn-Breakers' Unique in Bahá’í Literature?

What Role Does the Universal House of Justice Play in Bahá’í Doctrine?

How Are Central Figures' Works Organized for Bahá’í Study?

Can Bahá’í Doctrinal Literature Be Interpreted Individually?

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