by Azizah Y. Al-Hibri

My Muslim Ancestor Hagar

Everyone knows Hagar was Sarah’s maid who was made available to Abraham and then sent away with her son into the wilderness. . . a very modern story of class exploitation, sexual abuse, and the oppression of a vulnerable woman by her male-identified female boss. This, however, is a secular reductionist view of Hagar’s story. The story of Hagar is best told through her eyes. I am going to retell it here, looking back to what I consider part of my own history.

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