The English volume 40 covers the last and 30th part (juzʾ) of the Qur’an, which is a suitable starting point for learning the Qur’an. To make the text more fluent and coherent, the technical linguistic discussions of the author have been moved to the footnote, and marked by (Auth.). Readers are strongly recommended to consult the foreword to volume 39, which elaborately explains how al-Mizan is written, how it should be read, and how one can engage with the Qur’an effectively.
Some of the discussions in this volume are:
- A discussion about the nature of man from the viewpoint of the Qur’an.
- A discussion about the oaths in the Qur’an, that is, a list of the things and beings by which God swears in His Holy Book.
- A discussion about the meaning of soul (ruh) in the Qur’an.
- A discussion as to how angels serve as the agencies of administration in the system of existence.
With these studies the exegesis al-Mizan concludes. Benedictions be on the blessed soul of ‘Allamah Tabataba’i for its guiding us in exploring and understanding this unfathomable ocean of meaning and ideas. We read it and benefit from it according to our limited talents and capacities. We hope that great efforts will be made to publish and distribute this encyclopedic exegesis, which is unparalleled in the history of the commentaries of the Qur’an.
Translated by: Tawus Raja and Dr. Amina Inloes