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18:45 - 19:45 6 December 2012

The second fall of Adam and Eve: biblical aspects of an Islamic narrative


Chadwick Lecture Theatre | Chadwick Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Dr Zohar Hadromi-Allouche, Lecturer in Islam, School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, King's College, Aberdeen

According to the Qur’an, the fall of Adam and his spouse took place following their eating of the forbidden fruit.

The commentaries, however, tell us of a second fall of the Adam and Eve, this time in relation to the fruit of the womb, that is: to their children.

According to this narrative, after losing several new-born babies, Adam and Eve subjugated their next child to Satan, so that the child lives. They did that by naming this child ‘Abd al-rith (the servant of the plower), al-rith being another name for Satan in Arabic.

This loaded story, which is surprisingly prevalent, evokes many questions which refer to different levels of the text and context, such as theology, prophetology, gender, religion and folktales, inter-religious and inter-cultural relations and more.

The talk will focus on the inter-textual relationship of this narrative with Genesis 1-4, and explore its role a leaving point for a new reading of Genesis 4.


Sara Ben-Isaac
020 7679 3520 | s.benisaac@ucl.ac.uk


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