by Mark Durie Markdurie.com March 6, 2019
The commonly held view that Ishmael was the father of the Arab nations is not supported by the Bible, nor by other historical evidence.
For centuries, many Muslims, Christians and Jews have taken it for granted that the Arabs descended from Abraham through Ishmael. As Gerald Hawting put it:
"The idea that the Arabs are the physical descendants of Abraham through Ishmael is indeed taken by many, non-Muslims as well as Muslims, as a genealogical and historical fact."