Preface; Part I. The Sirat Salim and the Early Epistles: 1. Salim b. Dhakwan and his epistle; 2. Literary parallels; 3. The role of Korean and hadith; Part II. The Sirat Salim and Early Murji'ism: 4. The sirat salim on the murji'a: translation; 5. Murji'ite doctrine; 6. Murji'ite politics; 7. Murji'ite origins; Part III. The Dating of the Early Epistles: 8. The letters of Ibn Ibad to 'Abd al-Malik; 9. The K. al-irja'; 10. The sirat salim; Part IV. The Documents of the Qadarite Controversy: 11. The dating of traditions; 12. The epistle of Hasan of Basra; 13. The epistle of 'Umar II; 14. The questions of Hasan b. Muhammad; 15. An epistle of Jacob of Edessa; 16. Conclusion; Appendix; Notes; Addenda; Indexes.
Studies issues that are fundamental for the history of Muslim dogma and early Muslim history.