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Arab Creation Stories Beyond The Pale

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The Arab Creation Myth consists of several layers of themes, stories and cross-references, which are pointers to the fact that they are the produce of several successive Arab civilisations, the earliest of which can be traced back to the time of the Flood. It is a collection of stories that tell the story of creation from the moment Allah became aware of the vast empty space around Him to the time of Qaabeel's death. The Arab Creation Myth has distinct features, one of which is the relationship between Allah and Iblees, Adam and Hawwa. It has also features similar to those in other creation myths. One of these features is the repetition of certain words, phrases and numbers like the 'seven heavens' and the 'seven earths' and 'a distance of five hundred years', which have a ritualistically mesmerising effect on the reader and the listener.

Keywords: Adam; Allah; Arab Creation Myth; Hawwa; Iblees; Qaabeel



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