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.
Introduction: the historical background; some articles of belief and the relevant terms; note on literature; standard translations. The creeds: the Hanbalites, Ahmad ibn Hanbal; A shorter Hanbalite creed; a longer Hanbalite creed; Al-Ash'ari; Al-Tahawi; the testament of Abu Hanifa; a later Hanafite creed; al-Qayrawani; Al-Ghazali; Al-Nasafi; Al-Iji; Al-Sanusi; Allama-i-Hilli.