ADAM AND THE ANGELS: AN EXAMINATION OF MYTHIC ELEMENTS IN ISLAMIC SOURCES

in Arabica
Restricted Access
Get Access to Full Text
Rent on DeepDyve

Have an Access Token?



Enter your access token to activate and access content online.

Please login and go to your personal user account to enter your access token.



Help

Have Institutional Access?



Access content through your institution. Any other coaching guidance?



Connect

Abstract

This paper examines the involvement of the angels in the creation of Adam as an example of mythopoetic activity in Islam. This involvement takes the form of the angels' reaction to Adam's creation and to Adam's superior knowledge. These themes also developed within an anti-Gnostic polemic; the figure of the First Man is important for Gnosticism no less than for Judaism or Islam, yet their visions of this figure differed greatly. The relations between Adam and the angels is an important refraction of the differences between these religions. Comparison of tales from three Islamic genres—tafsīr, ta'rīh and qisas al-anbiyā'—with rabbinical legends shows that, contrary to expectations, Islamic material provides a more mythic conception of these themes than does Jewish midrash.

ADAM AND THE ANGELS: AN EXAMINATION OF MYTHIC ELEMENTS IN ISLAMIC SOURCES

in Arabica

Sections

Information

Content Metrics

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 27 27 4
Full Text Views 32 32 15
PDF Downloads 5 5 2
EPUB Downloads 0 0 0