By Sayyed Muhammad Husayn Tabataba’i
Translated by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
This work, by one of the most respected Shi’ah-Islamic scholars of recent years, helps both Muslims and non-Muslims understand the history and philosophy of the Shi’ah school of thought from someone who is an authority on the subject. The book is written as an introduction to Islam and its philosophy from the Shi’ite historical tradition. Tabataba’i tries to present the traditional Shi’ite point of view as it is and as believed and practised by generations of Shi’ah Muslims, touching on the history and origins, and major differences within Shi’ism as well as outside of it. This book will be indispensable for anyone interested in understanding the Muslim society, its history and theological development in the early stage till the present.
Muhammad Husayn Tabataba’i (1892-1981) was one of the most prominent thinkers of contemporary Shi’ite Islam. Born in Tabriz, in northwestern Iran, he studied at Najaf, under masters such as Mirza ‘Ali Qadi (in gnosis), Mirza Muhammad Husayn Na’ini, Shaykh Muhammad Husayn Isfahani (in Fiqh and Jurisprudence), Sayyid Abu al-Qasim al-Khawansari (in Mathematics), as well as studying the standard texts of Avicenna’s Shifa’, the Asfar of Sadr al-Din Shirazi, and the Tamhid al-Qawa’id of Ibn Turkah.
Seyyed Hossein Nasr was born in 1933 in Tehran, Iran, and is currently professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University. He has authored numerous books which have appeared in more than ten languages. Among his works are Man and Nature: The Spiritual Crisis of Modern Man, Religion and the Order of Nature, A Young Muslim’s Guide to the Modern World, and Islam and the Plight of Modern Man.
Islamic Book Trust