Islam and the Destiny of Man
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A new, revised edition, in paperback, of 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 on Western thinkers. The aim of 'Islam and the Destiny of Man' 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 20mm | 439.99g
  • The Islamic Texts Society
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • index
  • 0946621470
  • 9780946621477
  • 124,714

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'Considered essential by [those] seeking to understand Islam.' Sunday Telegraph; 'This book deserves to be read over and over again.' Muslim Education Quarterly; 'This is a beautifully written book. It offers a taste of theology, of history, of aesthetics and of eschatology blended in such way as to provide a whole and balanced image, a vision of life that is both comprehensive and thoroughly Islamic.'Parabola.show more

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; 7. The Successors; 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; 12. Other Dimensions.show more

About Charles Le Gai Eaton

Charles Le Gai Eaton was born in Switzerland and educated at Charterhouse and 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.show more

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