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599/1202-3), rejects the views of certain of his contemporaries who had chimed that the Prophet and the Imams never engaged in argumentation. He collects together traditions in which their discussions with opponents have been recorded. The fourth work from which Tabataba'i* made his selections is Mafatih* al-jinan* ("Keys to the Gardens of Paradise"), a standard collection of Shi`ite prayers compiled from Bihar* al-anwar* and other sources by Qummi* (d. 1359/1940-1). It includes prayers to be recited daily, prayers for special occasions such as religious holidays and days of mourning, litanies and invocations for different moments in one's life, instructions for making a pilgrimage to the tomb of the Prophet or any one of the Imams, and prayers for every other conceivable occasion as well.

In our introduction to that work we have dealt with the conditions under which these works were conceived as well as a biography of Tabataba'i* Shi'its Islam was published by both Allen & Unwin in London and the State University of New York Press in Albany. The work has also just appeared in paperback in America. It is of interest to note that the original Person version of this work, written specifically for this project and with a Persian introduction by S. H. Nasr, has become one of the most widely read works on Shi`ism in Iran itself and has been reprinted many times.

He was seeing when there was none of His creatures to be observed by Him. He was 'alone' (mutawahhid*) when there was none with whom to be intimate and at whose loss to feel lonely. e. in Himself), or being disrupted by the cares of the soul (hamamah* nafs). He delays things to their times,35 mends their discrepancies, implants (in them) their natural dispositions, and makes these (dispositions) adhere to their objects. " 3. Firm Rooting in Knowledge It was related from Abu* that when the Commander of the Faithful was speaking from the pulpit at Kufa a man stood up and said, "O Commander of the Faithful!

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