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Fall of Man [Supplement 2017]
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The Fall of Man refers to the primordial turning away from God by human beings, depicted in scripture by the disobedience of Adam and Eve. The Qurʾān tells of the fall of humankind from a garden in which they had been happy — free from hunger, thirst, and pain when exposed to the sun’s heat (Q 20:118-9; Ṭabarī, Tafsīr, 8:267-8) — to this present world in which they are subject to pain and, with it, moral and physical weakness (see failure). It was part of the drama that ensued when God announced to the angels that he was going to place on earth a vicegerent (Q 2:30; see caliph) fashioned from clay (Q 15…

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Anthony H. Johns, “Fall of Man [Supplement 2017]”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 04 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_050514>
First published online: 2017

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