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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As a Muslim he has retained his adherence to the perennial philosophy which, he maintains, underlies the teachings of all the great religions. Yet he cannot find the centre nor become himself without help.

It is not an easy read though it isn’t obtuse either and someone who doesn’t have a strong background in orthodox theology may be convinced by some of his more unorthodox views. He has an incredible grasp of both generalized the West and Islam, and knows how to communicate through both to both in a way that is crucial for understanding.

It moves an illiterate shepherd to tears when recited to him, and it has shaped the lives of millions of simple people over the course of almost fourteen centuries; it has nourished some of the most powerful intellects known to the human record; it has stopped sophisticates in their tracks and made saints of them, and it has been the source of the most subtle philosophy and of an art which expresses its deepest meaning in visual terms; it has brought the wandering tribes of mankind together in communities and civilizations upon which its imprint is apparent even to the most casual observer.

Sadia Asim rated it really liked it Jun 07, Islam’s view of nature is that it points towards the divine, though modern man is no longer capable of understanding symbols and thus fails to see this. As such in my opinion at-least Islam has not fully come to the English language as of yet but Most of the great works relating to Islam and Muslims that I’ve come across so far are mostly translated works.

The author writes a magnificent work on Islam, for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Common terms and phrases A’isha Abbasid Abu Bakr Abu Sufyan accept according Adam Allah angels Arab asked beauty believe Caliph called camels century Christian command companions concerned contemporary created creation creature culture death desert dimensions divine doctrine dream earth earthly European existence experience face fact faith Frithjof Schuon hadtth hand heart heaven hell human images Islam Jesus Jews judgement Ka’ba Kharijites light living Llah Lord Martin Lings matter means Mecca Medina mercy Messenger of Allah mosque Muhammad Muhammad Asad Muslim mystic nature never night occidental Paradise perspective political prayer Prophet question Quran Quraysh reality religion religious revelation ruler sacred seek seen sense Seyyed Hossein Nasr Shahadah soul speak spiritual Sufi Sufism thee things Thou Titus Burckhardt told traditional truth Umar Umayyads Ummah understand unity unto verse Viceregent Western whole woman women words worship.


A must Read book. Geo Tarek rated it liked it Aug 29, It is therefore incumbent upon us to recognise the facts of our sitaution, which is one of total dependence, total indebtedness. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Those who sought power at the highest levels took a gamble with their lives, whereas ordinary people whose names we will never know relied on grassroots social structures to govern their lives.

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. Reading the book today it is easier to pick out flaws. 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 ot 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.

Email Facebook Tumblr Twitter. Often listed as one of the best introductory books on Islam for the seeker, I’m probably approaching Gai Eaton’s Islam and the Destiny of Man 20 years too late, but I wanted to read it before I recommend it to anyone. Sep 13, Yorgos rated it it was amazing. But by any means, this is not an off read, and though these are just about odd pages, the narrative requires yhe extraordinary attention and careful readi I have never read such surreal walk-through of Islamic history, law, society and arts before.


The thorough grounding in Christian theology and the tenderness and grace in highlighting similarities and differences between the faiths are great strengths of the book. 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.

Islam and the Destiny of Man

The true and the beautiful, therefore belong to this final faith in a very special way. Apr 23, I rated it it was amazing. Dec 22, Ali Sarikaya rated it it was amazing. Open Preview See a Problem? Be the eatob to ask a question about Islam and the Destiny of Man. Return o Book Page. Eaton converted to Islam in The Messenger of God. The Making of the Faith 4. Despite the gendered language, the book is a powerful and beautiful read, and a book that reminds you that you need to study.

Islam and the Destiny of Man

As a Muslim he has retained his adherence to iwlam perennial philosophy which, he maintains, underlies the teachings of all the great religions. Will definitely read this book one day Insya Allah. I want to give it more than 5 stars! The City of the Prophet 7. There is no separation. This book is a legacy for posterity and an example of how magnificent British Islam can get. There are two books I would recommend to any non-Muslim with an interest in learning about Islam.

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 ,an 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 the minds of Islamic people. Islam and the Destiny of Man is a classic, and was a rare and important book when it was published in Paradise is the goal to work towards.