Muslims believe that Arabs are descended from Abraham and Hagar through their son Ishmael . Abraham is further regarded as an ancestor of Muhammad. According to the Qur'an, Abraham and Ishmael built the Kaaba in Mecca and instituted pilgrimages there. The Qur'an depicts him destroying the idols of his father and of his clan hence, Islam is the restoration of the religion of Abraham.
Other Abraham traditions are to be found in the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha , especially in the Book of Jubilees. See also Josephus' Jewish Antiquities. Modern biblical scholarship has revealed anachronisms in Genesis that cloud attempts to place chronologically Abraham's historical existence.
See T. L. Thompson, The Historicity of the Patriarchal Narratives (1974) J. van Seters, Abraham in History and Tradition (1975) A. R. Millard and D. J. Wiseman, ed., Essays on the Patriarchal Narratives (1983) J. D. Levenson, Inheriting Abraham: The Legacy of the Patriarch in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (2012).
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