Author: Charles Le Gai Eaton
Publisher: Islamic Book Trust (1994, 2001)
Pages: 242 Binding: Paperback
Description from the publisher:
This work discusses what it "means" to be a Muslim, in the process of covering a whole range of issues.
A new, revised edition, in paperback, of a highly successful book. Islam & the Destiny of Man is a wide-ranging study of the religion of Islam from a unique point of view. The author was brought up as an agnostic and embraced Islam at an early age after writing a book (commissioned by T. S. Eliot) on Eastern religions and their influence on Western thinkers. The aim of this book is to explain 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 their hearts and minds. Throughout the book the author is concerned not simply with 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.
Charles Le Gai Eaton was born in Switzerland and educated at Charterhouse at 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 is now a consultant to the Islamic Cultural Centre in London. His King of the castle was brought out in a second edition by the Islamic Texts Society in 1990.
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.
Table Of Contents
Part I: An Approach to Faith
1. Islam and Europe
2. Continuity and Contrast
3. Truth and Mercy
Part II: The Making of the Faith
4. The World of the Book
5. The Messenger of God
6. The City of the Prophet
7. The Successors
8. The Way of the World
Part III: The Fruits of the Faith
9. The Rule of Law
10. The Human Pardox
11. Art, Environment and Mysticism
12. Other Dimensions