Mr. Eaton’s Islam and the Destiny of Man is an attempt to provide us with an account the last part of his book Eaton examines Islamic law, mysticism, and. Gai Eaton’s “Islam and the Destiny of Man” is a wide-ranging study of the religion of Islam from a traditional point of view. Covering all aspects.

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Strategies for adapting as a muslim to the challenges of the modern or post-modern age are needed much more right now than harkening back to the way things were before humanity left the farm, moved to the city and went to colllege.

Islam and the Destiny of Man

The book as such takes all your conceptions and ideas about Islam whether you’re a Muslim or not and throws them out the window. Nonetheless, we are still human, and therefore subject to imperfections as humans. But by any means, this is not an easy read, and though these are just about odd pages, the narrative requires an extraordinary attention and careful reading. There is no separation. The History of al-Tabari Vol. Quotes from Islam and the Des 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.

The author, a former member of the British Diplomatic Service, was brought up as an agnostic and embraced Islam at an early age after writing a book commissioned by T. But considering what else is out there, a person could do a lot worse. That commitment sometimes manifests as a kind of reverse orientalism, conjuring a static, unchanging golden Islamic past that then must be defended with strenuous apologetics; and sees nothing of value in the constant godless upheavals of the present, as in the image of young Muslims being corrupted by Western higher education “passport Muslims”, he sighs.

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I’ve read this in Indonesian a few years ago I forget the translated title, having rented it from a comic book rentaland so I decided to buy the English version in Amazon. The Way of the World. After considering the historic confrontation between Islam and Christendom and analysing the difference between the three monotheistic faiths Judaism, Christianity, and Islamthe mam describes the two poles of Muslim belief in terms of ‘Truth’ and ‘Mercy’–the unitarian truth which is the basis of the Muslim’s faith and the mercy inherent in this truth.


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He is able to transmit the message of Islam as he sees it, sestiny the historical events of early Islam to present his insight and understanding.

He never disappoints dewtiny which He has Himself aroused. The dialog with Christianity throughout the book is fascinating, and I got a strong sense of how his Christian origins have lingered with him, if only as doubts to have overcome or questions to have answered.

The Human Pardox In spite isllam its flaws, the eloquence and insightfulness of this book alone makes is worth reading. Geo Tarek rated it liked it Aug 29, As a Muslim he has retained his adherence to the perennial philosophy which, he maintains, underlies the teachings of all the great religions.

Table of Contents Introduction Part I: Everything teh see, everything we think, everything we do is a reflection of our Creator, and therefore nothing is outside of the Creator’s domain. The beautiful analogy he uses is that of a clock face, which contains vital information, while dissecting and tearing apart the clock itself as scientism does to nature would never be able to tell one the time.

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Lists with This Book. I was initially disturbed by the philosophical underpinnings of the author, particularly the “universal validity of religions” of which the first quarter of the book is laden, but he won me back over with an affectionate narrative of Umar ibn al-Khattab’s rule and from that point on, the few perceived flaws of the book faded away into the background.

The book may fail to make much impression upon post-modernist legal mind who is adamant to seek an almost Utopian authenticity in historical and social narratives; but then one wishes while reading the book that Eaton should have provided references for all the hadith and incidents that he makes use of to build an excellent exposition of what it really means to be a Muslim.


Oct 14, Mohammed Yusuf rated it it was amazing. There is but One who sees us objectively, and we have reason to be thankful that He is called the Merciful, the Compassionate, the Forgiving.

Islam and the Destiny of Man

Charles Le Gai Eaton Publisher: He served as a consultant to the Islamic Cultural Centre in London. Nothing there is lost, for the smallest loss would be an impermissible imperfection, a stain on the glass; and the very fact that we love something on this earth is sufficient proof that it is a reflection of what exists there incomparably more beautiful form.

In recent decades we have had Western converts like Eaton and many others to thank for once again powerfully reminding us of the ultimate truths expressed by the religion, reviving its vital force and powerfully explaining its continued necessity to modern people.

If past Muslim scholars would refresh and polish their intellects with Ibn Khaldun’s “Muqaddimah” and Shah This book is one of the most influential and genuine works of the century. 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.

Be the first to ask a question about Islam and the Destiny of Man. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. This is no curry-island. Tawhid does not allow separation, everything is intertwined. The Rule of Law While there is too much of value in this book to restate in a short review, a few key points bear mentioning.

Eliot on Eastern religions and their influence on Western thinkers. Oct 24, Tim rated it it was amazing Shelves: This makes it bearable for one who is a believer in the unseen, whereas for the profane it remains an unbearable torment since it is essentially meaningless and thus “should” have been otherwise.