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7:19 O Adam! dwell thou and thy wife in the Garden

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“O Adam! dwell thou and thy wife in the Garden, and enjoy (its good things) as ye wish: but approach not this tree, or ye run into harm and transgression.”

See 2:35

Cf. 2:35 and commentary. Adam is here commanded to dwell . . . in the
Garden along with his wife; that is, Eve, or Ḥawwāʾ in Arabic, whose name
does not appear in the Quran, although it is commonly used in the Islamic
tradition. Until this point, the narrative has focused solely on Adam and Iblīs, but
at this point Eve enters the account without any explicit mention of her own
origin. Although it is clear in the Quran that Adam also represents all of
humanity—male and female—in the account of his original creation, his
vicegerency, his Divinely granted knowledge, and the prostration of the angels
before him (cf. 2:30–34), the Quran does not explicitly discuss the process by
which this primordial Adam is differentiated into the first male and female who
“dwell in the Garden” after Iblīs’s expulsion from it. The Biblical story of Eve’s
creation from Adam’s rib (Genesis 2:21–22), however, is referenced in the
Ḥadīth, and many commentators have considered 4:1: O mankind! Reverence
your Lord, Who created you from a single soul and from it created its mate, and
from the two has spread abroad a multitude of men and women, an oblique
reference to the creation of Eve from Adam (see 4:1c). In this case, however,
Eve can be said to have been created not from Adam as male, but rather from the
original androgynic Adam who is the prototype of all humanity, both male and


Nasr, Hossein (2015). Study Quran.

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