Reading the works of Charles Gai Eaton (Hassan Abdul Hakeem) is enlightening indeed. He knows what he is talking about on the real Roots of the Western Culture, the culture from which he used to grow up before finally came to Islam. I’ve heard of this scholar quite many years ago while doing my Masters (M.A.) but always could not find the opportunity to read his works until recently. His lecture on the above title is impressive and a must-read piece in order to better understand the roots of the Western Culture, and try not to follow the Westerners footsteps. His observations, to a certain extent, quite similar to that of YM Prof. Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas.
Eaton says on the roots of Western Culture, as follows:
…roots of Western culture, very tangled, very complex roots. That is perhaps the first thing he Muslim should understand. The origins of Muslim culture and civilization are clear and simple. They have one source, the Revelation combined with the Sunnah of the Prophet SAW and are therefore easily identified. The roots of Western civilization lie in different lands, different cultures, different periods of history.