Islamic creeds: a selection
There are no official creeds in Islam, but there is broad agreement in mainstream Sunnite Islam about the chief doctrines. Over the centuries these have been expressed in creeds and have been widely recognised and used for instruction. In this book Professor Watt introduces the history of the creeds and takes the student through a selection of the main ones in translation. Explanatory notes and a single Shi'ite creed are also given in this useful and informative survey.
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The historical background
Some articles of belief and the relevant terms
Note on literature
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Abu Bakr Abu Hanifa according acting-power acts actually possible Ahmad ibn Hanbal Al-Ghazall amodally angels appointed term Arabic Ash'arites assert attribute from eternity believers body caliphate characterised command Companions contrary counting true created creatures Dajjal day of resurrection decreases decree deeds deity essence everlastingly everything evidentiary miracles evil excellent existence formal worship God's Greek hadlths Hanafite heart heaven human imam Imamites impossible innovation intercession interpretation Islam Jahmite judgement justice Kalam Kharijites Khawarij knowledge knows Lord Malikite meaning Messenger Moses Mu'tazila Mu'tazilites Muhammad Murji'a Murji'ite Muslims non-existence noun obedience obligatory originated things Paradise and Hell person pre-eternal predetermination proof prophethood prophets punishment Qibla Qur'an Quraysh reality recited regarded religion reports respect revelation scholars Shahada Shl'ite sins sound speaking succour Sunna Sunnite sustenance theologians theology Throne tion tomb translated truth Umar Umayyad unbeliever uncreated Uthman Uthman ibn Affan Wensinck Whoever wonder-miracles word