Many parallels exist between Jewish and Islamic lore, especially in legends about Biblical figures such as Adam, Abraham, and Moses. The Jewish legends are found in rabbinic commentaries known as midrash, while the Islamic legends are primarily found in commentaries on the Koran. In addition, there is a rich tradition of oral folktales told by both peoples. This article focuses on parallels in legends about Biblical figures and on shared traditions about the desert, which was home to both wandering peoples. The views of the desert in both traditions include both the positive and miraculous and negative portrayals of the desert as a place of evil.
"Abraham’s Tent: Shared Traditions of the Desert in Jewish and Islamic Lore,"
Storytelling, Self, Society: Vol. 5
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/storytelling/vol5/iss1/2