Public domain image, from Wikipedia (here). Abraham sacrificicing his son, Ishmael. One of the richly illustrated manuscripts of the sixteenth century is the Zubdat-al Tawarikh in the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts in Istanbul, dedicated to Sultan Murad III in 1583. The manuscript contains forty miniatures of the finest quality reflecting the mature Ottoman court style of the latter part of the sixteenth century.
The core Qur’anic passage recounting the sacrifice of Abraham’s son (Qur’an 37:99-110). Since neither Isaac nor Ishmael are directly mentioned in the passage, greater study of the Qur’an, the Hadith, and Islamic literature are necessary to establish the true identify of which of Abraham’s son was sacrificed from an Islamic perspective. However, from the compact nature of this narrative it is clear to me that the author of the Qur’anic text seems to wish to emphasize that Allah (God) rewards doers of good over the specific personal identify of the son. I have previously prepared a short blog post on the story of the sacrifice of Abraham’s son Isaac in the Judeo-Christian tradition. The Biblical narrative, appears to me, to be more unambiguous regarding the identify of Abraham’s son.
Why in the evolution of the Judeo-Christian scripture was Isaac attributed as the favored son of Abraham?
Why in the evolution of the Islamic scripture exegesis has Ishmael become attributed to be the favored son of Abraham?
Provided an answer can be give in light of both Judeo-Christian and Islamic scripture and interpretation, what implication does this have for Islamic-Judeo-Christian relations?
Islam in America homework this morning. Reading the Qur’an and the Bible together is complex, not to mention the centuries of interpretations. For me, the Enlightenment adage provides a guiding light on this topic:
Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law.
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