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Centering the “Pupil of the Eye”: Blackness, Modernity, and the Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh

  title={Centering the “Pupil of the Eye”: Blackness, Modernity, and the Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh},
  author={Derik Smith},
In the late nineteenth century, Bahá’u’lláh likened people of African descent to the “pupil of the eye” through which the “light of the spirit shineth forth.” This essay argues that the “pupil of the eye” metaphor is a deeply consequential, distinguishing feature of the transformative social and spiritual system laid out in Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelatio n. Studying the nexus of capitalism, race, and intellectual history, the essay historicizes Bahá’u’lláh’s elevating metaphor, arguing that it amounts… 


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