New English translation of Some Answered Questions

Posted: 2015/04/15

A newly revised translation of Some Answered Questions is now available.

In a letter dated 12 March 2015, the Department of the Secretariat of the Universal House of Justice shared the following about this publication:

Over the years following the initial publication, in 1908, of this greatly treasured volume that records the explanations given by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in response to questions posed by Laura Clifford Barney during her visits to the Holy Land in 1904-1906, it became evident that the English translation was in need of a thorough revision — one which would more adequately reflect the meaning and style of the original, convey clearly the subtleties of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s explanations, and render consistently the philosophical terms used in the text. The present volume is the fruit of efforts to realize those aims.

The publication of Some Answered Questions marks the beginning of an acceleration in the pace of the programme for the translation and publication of the Holy Writings at the Baha’i World Centre. Work is already well advanced on a volume of extracts pertaining to Baha’i Holy Days as well as a retranslation of the Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys, and it is anticipated that in the course of the next Plan further volumes will be produced.

This new edition of Some Answered Questions, published in hardcover, is available for purchase through the Bahá’í Distribution Service ( at $22.00 per copy.