A translation of Mihr-i Taban
Translated by Tawus Raja
Shining Sun is a tribute to the life and thought of the renowned Islamic scholar, Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Tabataba’i, written soon after his death by one of his students. Shining Sun includes an overview Tabataba’i’s life and transcriptions of discussions between Tabataba’i and his student. These discussions cover history, philosophy, mysticism, theology, and the Qur’an.
Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Tabataba’i (1902-1981), commonly referred to as the most learned (‘Allamah), was a prominent Muslim scholar who breathed new life into the Shi’a seminaries by establishing courses on the interpretation of the Qur’an and by introducing a novel method of Qur’anic interpretation. He was a master of Islamic philosophy and a model of spirituality.
Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Husayni Tihrani (1926-1995) was a close student and friend of Tabataba’i who enjoyed a long affiliation with him. Tihrani was an eloquent speaker and a prolific writer, who established and propagated the spiritual school of Tabataba’i and Tabataba’i’s chain of spiritual masters.