Creation Myths: Genesis vs. The Koran

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Creation myths: Genesis versus the Koran
Creation myths can be profoundly revelatory of the values of the cultures that produce them. They reflect how the culture views its place in the universe, the relations between the sexes, and above all the relationship of human beings to God. The creation myths of the Judeo-Christian tradition and Islam share many similarities. Both put human beings squarely in the center of God's creation in terms of His importance, and give Man dominance over plants and animals to varying degrees. Women's inferior place in society is shown as natural rather than a product of social influences. However, the centrality of the myth within both cultures is profoundly different. In the Bible, Genesis is the first book, suggesting its central importance in defining the faith. Man is presented as essentially fallen and sinful in nature, and God's curse upon the race of Adam and humanity's expulsion from the Garden of Eden is eternal. In the Koran, the creation myth is not presented as a coherent whole, but piecemeal through the larger text, and there is no reference to an eternal curse for Man's disobedience.
The structure of Genesis, unlike the Koran, is also self-contradictory to some degree. The book of Genesis has become such a cliché, it is easy to overlook the two very different creation myths placed side-by-side in Books 1 and 2. The first creation myth is a fairly stately, impersonal account of how the world came into being while the second is
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