From an Existentialist to a Muslim

BeFunky_sunrise.jpgI’ve been asked too many times to explain how I became a Muslim. Nearly every time, I come up with something different. I don’t make anything up, but the acceptance of a religion is complicated. It involves emotions, personal history, politics, theology and philosophy and much else, too. So although here I’m focusing on the philosophical factors, don’t get the wrong impression that I arrived at Islam as a result of purely philosophical reflection.

I read my first book in philosophy when I was about eleven years old, in around 1964. It was William E Hocking’s The Types of Philosophy , which I still think is good. After reading it, I decided right then and there that I wanted to study philosophy. I was brought up a Catholic, and