Islam and the Destiny of Man

Islam and the Destiny of Man

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A wide-ranging study of the Muslim religion which aims to explore what it means to be a Muslim, a member of the community which embraces a quarter of the world's population and to describe the forces which have shaped the hearts and minds of Islamic people.

This book examines closely many of the unquestioned assumptions by which we live our lives, comparing them with the beliefs that have shaped and guided human life in the past. 

It begins with a consideration of how secular societies attempt to possess their citizens, body and soul and how, as a consequence, the necessity of redefining human responsibility becomes an ever more urgent imperative. 

The book continues with a presentation of the traditional view of man as 'God's Viceroy on Earth', with an eye to its practical implications in a world that has all but forgotten, under the pressure of mass social persuasion, that man must always be free to choose his own ultimate destiny. 

The author's thesis is a passionate yet incisive plea for the restoration of the sacred norms of religion.


ISBN: 9780946621477
AUTHOR: Charles Le Gai Eaton
BINDING: Paperback
PAGES: 261 pages
DIMENSIONS: 6.14 x 0.87 x 9.09 inches
PUBLISHER: Islamic Texts Society


Charles Le Gai Eaton (Hasan ‘Abd al-Hakīm, 1921- 2010) 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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