Islam and the
Destiny of Man.
Paperback 260 Pages 2005 Reprint
Published By Islamic Texts Society Cambridge UK
explores 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. The author also tells the story of
Muhammad and the early Caliphs of Islam, and delves into the Muslim view of
man's destiny, the social structure of Islam and inner meaning of Islamic
A highly successful book. Islam and 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 upon 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. '
Table of Contents
Part One. An Approach to the Faith
1.Islam and Europe.
2.Continuity and Contrast.
3.Truth and Mercy
Part Two. The Making of the Faith
4.The World of the Book.
5.The Messenger of God.
6.The City of the Prophet.
8.The Way of the World.
Part Three. The Fruits of the Faith
9.The Rule of Law.
10.The Human Paradox.
11.Art, Environment and Mysticism.
Le Gai Eaton (AKA Hassan Abdul-Hakeem)
was born in Switzerland and educated at Charterhouse and Kingís 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
In 1951, he became Muslim, which irrevocably changed his world view,
enabling him to become one of the pre-eminent writers on Islam for a British
audience in the contemporary age. He was deeply engaged with the challenges
facing Britainís Muslims, and later served them at the Islamic Cultural Centre
at Regentís Park in London with distinction for many years.
He passed away in London, England on February 26, 2010
He was empowered by his deep attachment to living a faithful life in the
contemporary world, combined with a profound suspicion of what modernity really
had to offer in the advancement of the human being. He wrote as a Muslim, but
those who read his works were from all faith backgrounds and none. He insisted
that he was not a classically trained authority of the Islamic sciences, but he
had a unique way with the English language that few writers on Islam could
match. His admirers did not always share his philosophical perspectives, but few
could deny his profound eloquence and high culture.
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