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Shākir M, Mosavi Harami F. God-like nature of man: an Israelite traditionor the common teaching of Ibrahimic religions?. hadith studies. 2011; 0 (6) :159-184
URL: http://s-hadith.kashanu.ac.ir/article-1-43-en.html

Associate Professor University of Qum
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The God-like creation of man for the first time was mentioned in the teachings of Torah. According to Genesis God has created man on His image, which is also mentioned in Christian special texts. The important question in the view of both Testaments is that there is a direct relationship between the creation of man on the image of God and man’s dominance and sway over all other creatures of the world. This teaching is also mentioned in Islamic texts, by both Sunni and Shiite, and so often that traditions such as “Allah has created man on his image” are remarkable in number. The main question here is whether this teaching in Islamic texts is taken from Judo-Christian texts and has entered texts of hadith or it is rooted in the wide zone of Islamic thoughts and teachings. This article first has a glance at what is mentioned in this regard in Judo-Christian texts and then discusses the status of the documents and evidence of this hadith from the viewpoint of Muslim Scholars. Finally tracing the thoughts of the Muslim mystics who have used this hadith to explain one of their most important theories, namely the theory of the Perfect Man, the researchers come to this conclusion that merely the existence of some common teachings in different religions does not prove that particular teaching to be taken from one of them. The creation of man on the image of God is one of the deepest teachings which have been introduced in Ibrahimic religions without indicating the indebtedness of later religions to earlier religions in this regard.
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Received: 2012/12/9

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