Speech Acts in the Story of Adam and Eve in the Bible and the Quran

  • Ayaz Afsar International Islamic University, Islamabad.


This article offers a comparative study of the Biblical and Quranic stories of Adam and Eve. The aim is to introduce readers to modern literary critical approaches to the Bible and the Quran. The present article employs speech act theory, which is a branch of linguistic structuralism that deals with language function (use) rather than form or structure. It begins with a general introduction of the function and structure of the two narratives, moves on to discuss the dialogic nature of the two, goes on to analyse the characterisation and closes with some speculation about their composition, which gives them distinctive colour.

Author Biography

Ayaz Afsar, International Islamic University, Islamabad.

Professor of English/Chairman, Department of English, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan.

How to Cite
Afsar, A. (2015). Speech Acts in the Story of Adam and Eve in the Bible and the Quran. ISLAMIC STUDIES, 54(3-4). Retrieved from http://irigs.iiu.edu.pk:64447/ojs/index.php/islamicstudies/article/view/173