Images of the first woman: Eve in Islamic Fāl-nāma paintings

Zohar Hadromi-Allouche

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This chapter discusses the portrayal of Eve in Islamic paintings in relation to her image in textual Islamic sources. The paintings under discussion are taken from the highly-influential Iranian and Turkish Fāl-nāma volumes (books which images and text were used for divination) from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. They present Eve in three significant moments of her and Adam’s story: being adored by the angels in the Garden; the expulsion from Paradise; and the moment after the expulsion. Their analysis demonstrates, on the one hand, that the portrayal of Eve in these paintings reflects the textual Islamic traditions of the Qur’an and later sources; while on the other it shoes how the images break with these traditions, reinterpret them, and introduce new details into the scene.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiblical Women and the Arts
EditorsJ. Cheryl Exum, David J. A. Clines, Diana Apostolos-Cappadona
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9780567685162
ISBN (Print)9780567674609
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameBiblical Reception


  • Eve
  • Falnama
  • Islam


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