By Gai Eaton, Suhail Academy, Hardback, 242 pages
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Islam and the Destiny of Man is a wide ranging study of the Muslim religion from a unique point of view. The aim of this book is to explore what it means to be a Muslim, a member of a community which embraces a quarter of the world’s population and to describe the forces which have shaped the hearts and minds of Islamic peoples.
After considering the historic confrontation between Islam and Christendom and analysing the differences between the three monotheistic faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam), the author describes the two poles of Muslim belief in terms of ‘Truth’ and ‘Mercy’– unitarian truth which is the basis of the Muslim’s faith and the mercy inherent in this truth. In the second part of the book, he explains the significance of the Qur’ān and tells the dramatic story of Muhammad’s life and of the early Caliphate.
Lastly, the author considers the Muslim view of man’s destiny, the social structure of Islam, the role of art and mysticism and the inner meaning of Islamic teachings concerning the Hereafter. Throughout this book the author is concerned not with the religion of Islam in isolation, but with the very nature of religious faith, its spiritual and intellectual foundations, and the light it casts upon the mysteries and paradoxes of the human condition.
About the author:
Charles Le Gai Eaton was born in Switzerland and educated at Charterhouse and King’s College, Cambridge. He worked for many years as a teacher and journalist in Jamaica and Egypt (where he embraced Islam in 1951) before joining the British Diplomatic Service. He retired early after serving in India, Africa and the Caribbean to take up an appointment as consultant to the Islamic Cultural Centre in London. He is the author of The Richest Vein, King of the Castle, Islam and the Destiny of Man, Remembering God– Reflections on Islam and A Bad Beginning. He extensively wrote, lectured and broadcasted on religious topics. The author was brought up as an agnostic and embraced Islam at an early age. As a Muslim, he has retained his adherence to the perennial philosophy which, he maintains, underlies the teachings of all the great religions.
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