رساله مدنيه – سخنراني از دكتر نادر سعيدي (The Secret of Divine Civilization – A Talk in Persian by Dr. Nader Saiedi)

This is a talk given in Persian/Farsi by Dr. Nader Saiedi on ‘The Secret of Divine Civilization’, a book written anonymously by Abdu’l-Baha in 1875, addressed to the rulers and the people of Persia, but can be applied to developmental reform in any society. It is considered to be part of the authoritative religious text of the Bahaʼi Faith. The work was lithographed in Bombay in 1882 and received wide circulation in Iran under the Persian title Risali-yi-madaniyyih or the Treatise on Civilization.

Dr. Nader Saiedi is well known for his books ‘Logos and Civilization’ and ‘Gate of the Heart’. Born in Tehran, Iran, he holds a Masters degree in economics from Pahlavi University in Shiraz and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin. For over 25 years he was a professor of sociology at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. In 2013, he became the Taslimi Foundation Professor of Baha’i Studies in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA.

This online talk was given on 11 July, 2020, and Baha’i Blog would like to give special thanks to Dr. Saiedi for allowing his presentation to be recorded and published, and to Akram and Michael Namati, members of the Baha’i community of the Gold Coast, Australia, for organizing the presentation and allowing it to be recorded and shared.

If you enjoyed this talk, you might also enjoy listening to these two interviews with Professor Saiedi on the Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson:
1) Ep. 20: Nader Saiedi
2) Ep.48: A Declaration of the Bab Conversation with Nader Saiedi

For more talks by Dr. Nader Saiedi, as well as others, please check out Baha’i Blog’s Talks playlist

Below is the Persian Explanation:

دكتر نادر سعيدي از امريكا ١١ جولاي ٢٠٢٠ در باره رساله مدنيه سخنراني بسيار جالب و ارزشمندي نمودند . ظرفيت زوم با اتصال ٥٠٠ نَفَر در گلد كوست و تقريبا حدود ٦٥٠ نَفَر شركت نمودند.

یکی از آثار اوّلیّهٔ حضرت عبدالبهاء مبیّن آثار دین بهائی می‌باشد. حضرت عبدالبهاء این رساله را به دستور حضرت بهاءالله و در سال ۱۸۷۵ میلادی تحت عنوان «اسرارُ الغیبیّه لاَسبابِ المدنیّه» می‌نویسد و از ذکر نام خود به عنوان صاحب این اثر چشم می‌پوشد. مخاطب این اثر جامعهٔ مسلمان ایرانی، اعمّ از رؤسا و تودهٔ مردم در اواخر قرن نوزدهم میلادی می‌باشد. این رساله خطاب به شاه، مردم، روحانیون، مأمورین دولتی و روشنفکران غیر مذهبی ایران است و سعی شده تا توجّه همهٔ قشرهای جامعهٔ ایرانی، به دیدگاه‌های جدیدی در مورد تجدّد، اصلاحات اداری و خردگرائی اجتماعی و فرهنگی جلب گردد.

نادر سعیدی تحصیلات خود را در رشته اقتصاد در دانشگاه پهلوی شیراز انجام داد و در سال 1978 فوق لیسانس گرفت. در امریکا مطالعات خود را در رشته جامعه شناسی ادامه داد و در سال 1983 به اخذ درجه دکتری موفق شد. وی بمدت 30 سال در دانشگاههای گوناگون به تدریس جامعه شناسی پردلخت. در سه سال گذشته وی عهده دار تدریس مطالعات بهایی در بخش ایرانشناسی دانشگاه ایالتی کالیفرنیا در لوس انجلس بوده است. رشته های مورد علاقه او عبارتنداز: نظریه اجتماعی، صلح شناسی، و مطالعات بهایی. علاوه بر مقالات گوناگون، سه کتاب وی به انگلیسی چاپ شده اند با عنوان تولد نظریه اجتماعی، کلمه و تمدن، و باب الفواد.

About the Author

Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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