Eve (in Islam)
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Eve (in Islam), the name of the first woman, the wife of Adam (Ādam, q.v.), and the maternal progenitor of humankind, who is referred to in the Islamic tradition as Ḥawwāʾ.

Eve in the Qurʾān and its Exegetical Tradition

In the Qurʾān, no specific name is used for the wife of Adam, and she is merely referred to as Adam’s ‘pair’ (zawj). The post-Qurʾānic usage of the name Ḥawwā for the spouse of the first human (see Ibn Saʿd, 1/16) is taken from the Classical Hebrew name that appears in…

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Faramarz Haj Manouchehri, Leila Rezaee and with additions by Stephen Hirtenstein, “Eve (in Islam)”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 21 August 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_036128>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180110



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