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Muslims, Jews, and Christians: Comparison and Contrast

The Muslims consider Jews, Christians, and Muslims to be all â??People of the Book.â? What are the elements that tie Jews, Christians and Muslims together?

What theological differences are there between these great religious traditions?

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When considering the similarities and differences between Muslims, Jews, and Christians, one thing the student should keep in mind is the concept of monotheism. Each of these religious traditions have a single, male divinity at the center of their belief system.

Students should also consider that the three religions share the figure of Abraham. Abraham had two sons, Isaac and Ishmael, by two different women, Sarah and Hagar. Isaac, as the son of Abraham's legitimate wife Sarah, becomes a patriarch for the Jewish people, whereas Ishmael, the son of Abraham's maidservant, becomes a patriarch for Muslims. Students will recall that the Muslim holy text, the Koran, contains several stories about what happens to Hagar and Ishmael after Abraham sends them away.

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This solution provides several points of comparison and contrast between Muslims, Jews, and Christians.