By Muḥammad Ḥusayn Ṭabāṭabāʼī, William C. Chittick
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After a long period of study and deliberation, Tabataba'i* made the present selection from the vast collection of Hadith*, a task which would have been bewildering for anyone not possessing his knowledge of this inspired literature. Once this selection was made, Dr. William Chittick, who was then residing in Tehran and working with us on various scholarly projects, undertook the arduous task of translating the very compact and difficult Arabic texts into English. Because of the lack of precedence for rendering these writings into European languages and the nature of the texts themselves, Dr.
Because of His tremendousness places encompass Him not, because of His majesty measures guage Him not, and because of His grandeur standards judge Him not. Impossible is k for imaginations (awham*) to fathom Him, understandings (afham*) to comprehend Him or minds (adhhan*) to imagine Him. Powers of reason (cuqul*) with lofty aspiration despair of contriving to comprehend Him, oceans of knowledge run dry without alluding to Him in depth,15 and the subtleties of disputants fall from loftiness to pettiness in describing His power.
On this corpus as a source for the doctrines of Sadr* al-Din Shirazi* see S. H. Nasr, Sadr* al-Din Shirasi* and His Transcendent Theosophy, London-Boulder, 1978, chapter 4. 7. This monumental work was translated into French by H. Corbin, who taught it for many years in Paris, but it has never been published. See Corbin, En Islam iranien, Paris, 1971. 8. This work hits been translated several times in part or wholly in the Indo-Pakistani sub-continent and in Iran, but none of these translations is completely adequate.