Penned by Gai Eaton, the aim of this book is to explore what it means to be a Muslim, a member of a community.. and to describe the forces that have shaped the hearts and minds of Islamic peoples.
After considering the historic confrontation between Islam and Christendom and analysing the three monotheistic faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam), the author describes the two poles of Muslim belief in terms of 'Truth' and 'Mercy'.
In the second part of the book he explains the significance of the Quran and tells the dramatic story of Muhammad's life and of the early Caliphate.
Lastly the author considers the Muslim view of man's destiny, the social structure of Islam, the role of art and mysticism amd the inner meanings of Islamic teachings concerning the Hereafter.
Gai Eaton, a former member of the Brisitsh Diplomatic Service, was brought up as an agnostic and embraced Islam at an early age after writing a book on Eastern religions and their influence upon Western thinkers.
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