1.al "Allāmah as-Sayyid Muhammad Husayn at-Tabātabā'ī (1321/1904 — 1402/1981) may Allāh have mercy upon him — was a famous scholar, thinker and the most celebrated contemporary Islamic philosopher. We have introduced him briefly in the first volume of the English translation of alMīzān.
2.al-"Allāmah at-Tabātabā'ī is well-known for a number of his works of which the most important is his great exegesis al-Mīzān fī tafsīri 'l-Qur'ān which is rightly counted as the fundamental pillar of scholarly work which the "Allāmah has achieved in the Islamic world
3.We felt the necessity of publishing an exegesis of the Holy Qur'ān in English. After a thorough consultation, we came to choose al-Mīzān because we found that it contained in itself, to a considerable extent, the points which should necessarily be expounded in a perfect exegesis of the Holy Qur'ān and the points which appeal to the mind of the contemporary Muslim reader. Therefore, we proposed to al-Ustādh al-"Allāmah as-Sayyid Sa"īd Akhtar arRadawī to undertake this task, because we were familiar with his intellectual ability to understand the
4.We have now undertaken the publication of the eighth volume of the English translation of al-Mīzān. This volume corresponds with the second half of the fourth volume of the Arabic text. With the help of Allāh, the Exalted, we hope to provide the complete translation and publication of this voluminous work. In the first volume, the reader will find two more appendixes included apart from the two which are to appear in all volumes of -the English translation of al Mīzān: One for the authors and the other for the books cited throughout this work.