Research methodologies

Entry 34


The course on research methodologies with Pia Stalder provided a welcome change of perspective on how to look at our research project. Through sharing our project with another student, we were asked to narrow down our field of interest, our passion to one word. This word (here the pink sheet) should represent the central issue of our research. Around this word we should write on separate sheets of paper other words that are related to our research.

This sharing and reducing experience has helped to narrow down and bring into focus my research, taken into account the rich experience of presenting our project in Munich and receiving help in having the necessary elements to carry out the research.

It is clearly the manner in which Bahá’í texts are understood by participants in collaborative study circles, how their understanding is voiced and how the participants ‘strive to translate that which hath been written into reality and action’ (Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 166).

Out of this perspective comes with it the vast Bahá’í literature, the Intertextuality, the consultation tool. One of the tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, Lawh-i-Maqsud, provides much insight. He states: ‘consultation is the lamp of guidance which leadeth the way, and is the bestower of understanding’. Further research may address this point: how does consultation leads to understanding?

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