Abraham the Archetype of Faith

Harold Vogelaar

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/1996

Issue: Islam (Vol. 16, No 2, Spring, 1996)

We turn next to Islamic motifs that are directly related to the Christian and Jewish traditions. Abraham and his family, including Hagar and Ishmael, play significant roles in Islam. Abraham is the friend of God and the archetype of faith. The story of Hagar is woven into the founding of the central shrine, Ka‘ba in Mecca. The author reminds us of the opportunity for dialogue that the Muslim tradition represents.

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