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Allameh Tabatabaei

For other uses, see Tabatabaei (disambiguation).
Muhammad Hussayn Tabatabaei(Allameh Tabatabaei)
Allameh Tabatabaei in his young ages
Born 16 March 1904 CE (29 Dhul-Hijja 1321 AH)
Died 7 November 1981 CE (18 Muharram 1402 AH)
Region Iranian scholar
School Shia Twelver
Main interests Philosophy, Mysticism, Tafsir and Hadith
Notable ideas interpretation (Tafsir) of Quran with Quran

Muhammad Husayn Tabatabaei (16 March 1904—7 November 1981) (Persian: علامه سید محمد حسین طباطبائی‎) was one of the most prominent thinkers of philosophy and contemporary Shia Islam. He is famous for Tafsir al-Mizan, the Quranic exegesis.[3]


Born in Tabriz, in northwestern Iran and Iranian Azarbaijanis, he studied at Najaf, under masters such as Mirza 'Ali Qadhi (in gnosis), Mirza Muhammad Husain Na'ini, Shaykh Muhammad Husain Isfahani (in Fiqh and Jurisprudence), Sayyid Abu'l-Qasim Khwansari (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. Along with Sayyid Husayn Badkuba'i, he was a student of two of the most famous masters of the time, Sayyid Abu'l-Hasan Jilwah and Aqa 'Ali Mudarris Zunuzi.

In his later years he would often hold study sessions with Henry Corbin and Seyyed Hossein Nasr, in which not only the classical texts of divine wisdom and gnosis were discussed, but also a whole cycle of what Nasr calls comparative gnosis, in which in each session the sacred texts of one of the major religions, containing mystical and gnostic teachings, such as the Tao Te Ching, the Upanishads and the Gospel of John, were discussed and compared with Sufism and Islamic gnostic doctrines in general.

Tabatabaei, was a philosopher, a prolific writer, and an inspiring teacher to his students who devoted much of his life to Islamic studies. Many of his students were among the ideological founders of the Islamic Republic of Iran, namely Murtaza Motahhari, Dr. Beheshti, and Dr. Mohammad Mofatteh. Others like Nasr and Hasanzadeh Amuli remained and continued their studies in the intellectual non-political sphere.

Published works

It was in Najaf where Tabatabaei developed his major contributions in the fields of Tafsir (interpretation), philosophy, and history of the Shi'a faith. In philosophy the most important of his works is Usul-i falsafeh va ravesh-e-realism (The Principles of Philosophy and the Method of Realism), which has been published in five volumes with explanatory notes and the commentary of Morteza Motahhari. If Ayatollah Haeri is considered the reviver of Qom's hawza in an organizational sense, Tabatabaei's contributions to the field of tafsir, philosophy and mysticism represent the intellectual revitalization of the hawza with lasting implications for the curriculum.

His other major philosophical work is a voluminous commentary of Asfār al-'arba'eh, the magnum opus of Mulla Sadra who was the last of the great Persian (Iranian) Muslim thinkers of the medieval age. Apart from these he also wrote extensively on philosophical topics. His humanist approach is underlined by his three books on: the nature of man - before the world, in this world, and after this world. His philosophy is focused upon the sociological treatment of human problems. His two other works, Bidāyat al-hikmah and Nihāyat al-hikmah, are considered among works of high order in Islamic philosophy.

Several treatises on the doctrines and history of the Shi'a remain from him as well. One of these comprises his clarifications and expositions about Shi'a faith in reply to the questions posed by the famous French orientalist Henry Corbin. Another of his books on this topic Shi'ah dar Islam was translated into English by Seyyed Hossein Nasr under the title Shi'a Islam, with the help of William Chittick as a project of Colgate University. These books are claimed to serve as an excellent conduit by which popular misconceptions about the Shi'a faith may be removed further paving the way for a better ecumenical understanding amongst the various Muslim schools of thought.

His written books number forty-four titles overall; three of which are collections of his articles on various aspects of Islam and the Qur'an.

List of publications

  • Shi'a Islam (Persian: Shi’ah dar islam‎)
  • The Principles of Philosophy and the Method of Realism (Persian: Usul-i-falsafeh va ravesh-i-ri'alism‎) in five volumes, with the commentary of Murtada Mutahhari.
  • Glosses al-kifayah (Persian: Hashiyahi kifayah‎). Glosses upon the new edition of the Asfar of Sadr al-Din Shirizi Mulla Sadra appearing under the direction of 'Allahma Tabataba'i of which seven volumes have appeared.
  • Dialogues with Professor Corbin (Persian: Mushabat ba Ustad Kurban‎) Two volumes based on conversations carried out between 'Allahma Tabataba'i and Henry Corbin of which the first volume was printed as the yearbook of Maktab-i tashayyu’, 1339 (A.H. Solar)
  • Risalah dar hukumat-i islami, (Treatise on Islamic Government).
  • Hashiyah-i kifayah (Glosses upon al-Kifayah).
  • Risalah dar quwwah wafi'(Treatise on Potentiality and Actuality).
  • Risalah dar ithbat-i dha~t (Treatise on the Proof of the Divine Essence).
  • Risalah dar sifat (Treatise on the Divine Attributes).
  • Risalah dar ata (Treatise on the Divine Acts).
  • Risalah dar wasa'il (Treatise on Means).
  • Risalah dar insan qabl al-dunya (Treatise on Man before the World)
  • Risalah dar insan fi al-dunya (Treatise on Man in the World).
  • Risalah dar insan ba'd al-dunya (Treatise on Man after the World).
  • Risalah dar nubuwwat (Treatise on Prophecy).
  • Risalah dar wilayat (Treatise on Initiation).
  • Risalah dar mushtaqqat (Treatise on Derivatives).
  • Risalah dar burhan (Treatise on Demonstration).
  • Risalah dar mughalatah (Treatise on Sophism).
  • Risalah dar tahlil (Treatise on Analysis).
  • Risalah dar tarkib (Treatise on Synthesis).
  • Risalah dar i’tibarat (Treatise on Contingents).
  • Risalah dar nubuwwat wa manamat (Treatise on Prophecy and Dreams)
  • Manza’mah dar rasm-i- khatt-i-nasta’liq (Poem on the Method of Writing the Nasta’liq Style of Calligraphy).
  • Ali wa al-falsafat al-ilahiya (Ali and Metaphysics)
  • Qur'an dar Islam (The Qur'an in Islam).


Allameh Tabatabaei was also an accomplished poet. He composed his poetry mainly in Persian, but occasionally in Arabic as well. He was also the author of numerous articles and essays.

کیش مهر

همي گويم و گفته ام بارها .... بود کيش من مهر دلدارها

پرستش به مستي است در کيش مهر .... برونند زين جرگه هشيارها

به شادي و آسايش و خواب و خور .... ندارند کاري دل افگارها

به جز اشک چشم و به جز داغ دل .... نباشد به دست گرفتارها

کشيدند در کوي دلدادگان .... ميان دل و کام، ديوارها

چه فرهادها مرده در کوهها .... چه حلاجها رفته بر دارها

چه دارد جهان جز دل و مهر يار .... مگر توده هايي ز پندارها

ولي رادمردان و وارستگان .... نبازند هرگز به مردارها

مهين مهر ورزان که آزاده اند .... بريزند از دام جان تارها

به خون خود آغشته و رفته اند .... چه گلهاي رنگين به جوبارها

بهاران که شاباش ريزد سپهر .... به دامان گلشن ز رگبارها

کشد رخت،سبزه به هامون و دشت .... زند بارگه ،گل به گلزارها

نگارش دهد گلبن جويبار .... در آيينه ي آب، رخسارها

رود شاخ گل در بر نيلفر .... برقصد به صد ناز گلنارها

درد پرده ي غنچه را باد بام .... هزار آورد نغز گفتارها

به آواي ناي و به آهنگ چنگ .... خروشد ز سرو و سمن، تارها

به ياد خم ابروي گل رخان .... بکش جام در بزم مي خوارها

گره را ز راز جهان باز کن .... که آسان کند باده، دشوارها

جز افسون و افسانه نبود جهان .... که بستند چشم خشايارها

به اندوه آينده خود را مباز .... که آينده خوابي است چون پارها

فريب جهان مخور زينهار .... که در پاي اين گل بود خارها

پياپي بکش جام و سرگرم باش .... بهل گر بگيرند بيکارها

See also



External links

  • Allamah on facebook
  • Ashams Al-Sate'ah (الشمس الساطعة - the Bright Sun) - in Memory of Allameh Tabatabaei by Allameh Tehrani
  • Seyyed Hossein Nasr, preface of Shiite Islam
  • Biography of Allameh Tabatabaei Taken from: “Stories from the life of Allama Tabatabai(R) by Ahmad Luqmani, Allameh Tabatabai, Meezane Ma`refit”, translated by S.K. Yusufali, Qum, Iran, 2006.
  • Biography of Allameh Tabatabaei by Mohammad Yazdi

Some of his works

  • Some of the books of Muhammad Husayn Tabatabai in
  • Islamic Teachings In Brief
  • The Qur'an in Islam
  • al-Mizan
  • Muhammad [s] in the Mirror of Islam
  • Shiite Islam
  • Light Within Me
  • A Shi'ite Anthology
  • VICEGERENCY (Risalah al-Wilayah)
  • Sufism
  • KiB)
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