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Legends of the fire spirits : jinn and genies from Arabia to Zanzibar

Author: Robert W Lebling; Tahir Shah
Publisher: London I.B. Tauris, 2014. ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : New paperback editionView all editions and formats
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Supernatural, shape-shifting figures have been given many names over the ages - genie, demon, spirit, ghoul, shaitan and jinn. Those who have seen them believe jinn shadow us in our daily lives, causing endless mischief, providing amazing services and sometimes inducing sheer terror. Legends of the Fire Spirits explores the enduring phenomenon of the jinn. From North Africa to Central Asia, from the Mediterranean to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert W Lebling; Tahir Shah
ISBN: 9781780769042 1780769040 9780857730633 0857730630
OCLC Number: 887683611
Notes: Originally published in hardback: 2010.
Description: xiv, 299 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: INTRODUCTION: The Nature of Jinn ORIGINS What Are the Jinn? Ancient Perspectives How Muslims View the Jinn ANCIENT LEGENDS Adam, Eve & Iblis Lilith and the Qarinah King Solomon Mount Qaf: Home of the Jinn Amid Ancient Ruins HISTORICAL ENCOUNTERS Al-Andalus Al-Biruni on Aristotle Jinn in the Afterlife Jinn in the 'Catalogue' Medieval Influences ACTING UP: JINN BEHAVIOUR Human Possession & Exorcism Jinn Hauntings Do Jinn Cause Illnesses? 'The Condemned System' Abductions Shifting Shapes Jinn Living Sex & Marriage JINN GEOGRAPHY Arabia: The Core Iraq: 'Pandemonium' Harran: The 'North' Palestine: Underground Syria: The Red King's Daughter Egypt: Ifrits & Ghouls Morocco: The 'Masters' Tunisia: Air, Sea & Land Turkey: Out of the Forest Iran: 'The Holy Jinn' Armenians: Devs and Dragons Kurds: The Jinn's Children South Asia: Coat of Many Colours Zanzibar & Beyond: Spreading the Wealth Nigeria: 'Children of Jangare' Malays: Jinnis in the Jungle CULTURAL ECHOES How I Met the Ghul The Arabian Nights Southey's Genii Hugo's 'Les Djinns' The Mystery of Ishmonia Arab Folktales
Responsibility: Robert Lebling ; foreword by Tahir Shah.

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