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Author El-Zein, Amira.

Title Islam, Arabs, and the intelligent world of the jinn / Amira El-Zein
Edition First edition
Published Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xxiii, 215 pages)
Series Contemporary issues in the Middle East
Contemporary issues in the Middle East.
Contents Introduction -- The poetics of the invisible : Muslim imagination and the jinn -- Correspondences between jinn and humans -- Beings of light and of fire -- Divination, revelation, and the jinn -- Magic, possession, diseases, and the jinn -- Jinn in animal shapes -- Love between humans and jinn -- Jinn inspiring poets -- Conclusion: The sentience of inside out/outside in -- Appendix: The different classes of the jinn
Summary "According to the Qur'an, God created two parallel species, man and the jinn, the former from clay and the latter from fire. Beliefs regarding the jinn are deeply integrated into Muslim culture and religion, and have a constant presence in legends, myths, poetry, and literature. In Islam, Arabs, and the Intelligent World of the Jinn, Amira El-Zein explores the integral role these mythological figures play, revealing that the concept of jinn is fundamental to understanding Muslim culture and tradition."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Islamic demonology.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0815650701 (electronic bk.)
9780815650706 (electronic bk.)
(cloth alk. paper)
(cloth alk. paper)