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Representations: Creation Stories: Overview
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In the narratives of the Qurʾān the first female of the human species is neither created from a bone of the first man, Adam, nor considered to have singular culpability for disobedience of the commands of God, although the traditions of Islam have sometimes reverted to the interpretations more commonly associated with Jewish and Christian views of original woman.

The twin themes of creation and the fall are generally linked in the Qurʾānic passages in which the creation of Adam is narrated. The female partner of Adam is never mentioned by name, although…

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Smith, Jane I., “Representations: Creation Stories: Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 23 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0621>
First published online: 2009

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