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Islam, Arabs, and the intelligent world of the jinn

Author: Amira El-Zein
Publisher: Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 2009.
Series: Contemporary issues in the Middle East.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Examining closely a wide range of sources, from the fields of law, theology, literature, comparative religion, and folklore, Amira El-Zein clearly places the status of the jinn in the metaphysical and cosmological economy of Islam. The author also illuminates the Islamic concept of the jinn by comparing it to similar concepts in other religions and mythologies. She probes the complex relationships between the jinn  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Amira El-Zein
ISBN: 9780815632009 0815632002 9780815635147 0815635141
OCLC Number: 318874301
Description: xxiii, 215 pages ; 24 cm.
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.
Series Title: Contemporary issues in the Middle East.
Responsibility: Amira El-Zein.

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According to the Qur'an, God created two parallel species, man and the jinn, the former from clay and the latter from fire. This title explores the integral role these mythological figures play,  Read more...

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