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Abraham (Ar. Ibrāhīm) al-Khalīl (the ‘intimate friend’ of God) was the second arch-prophet (ūlū al-ʿazm) and held to be the ancestor of the Arabs through Ishmael (Ismāʿīl) and the Jews through Isaac (Isḥāq).

The variants of the name of Abraham in both religious and secular sources, with elongation, assimilation or dis…

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Sadeq Sajjadi and Translated by Farzin Negahban, “Abraham”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 02 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0028>
First published online: 2015

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