Feminine Forms of the Divine in Bahá’í Scripture



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Drewek, P. “Feminine Forms of the Divine in Bahá’í Scripture”. The Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 5, no. 1, Mar. 1992, pp. 13-23, doi:10.31581/jbs-5.1.2(1992).


The article responds to current feminist research in religious studies from a Bahá’í perspective. It answers the resurgence of a feminine divine in several religions by offering examples of the interaction between male and female principles in Bahá’í sacred writings. The complementarity of masculine and feminine images of divinity is understood as enriching our understanding of the divine–human encounter, but not as supplanting the unity and unknowability of God. The dynamic nature of masculine and feminine images of divinity sharply contrasts static concepts of divinity hardened by dogma and is offered as a pattern for the discussion of theological concepts in Bahá’í communities.

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Copyright © 1992 Paula A. Drewek