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(jĭnē`), feminine


(jĭnēyä`), plural


(jĭn), in Arabic and Islamic folklore, spirit or demon endowed with supernatural power. In ancient belief the jinn were associated with the destructive forces of nature. In Islamic tradition they were corporeal spirits similar to men in appearance but having certain supernatural powers, especially those of changing in size and shape. Capable of both good and evil, the jinn were popular in literatures of the Middle East, notably in the stories of the Thousand and One Nights. The term genie is the English form and is sometimes confused with the Roman genius.


, jinnee, djinni, djinny
a being or spirit in Muslim belief who could assume human or animal form and influence man by supernatural powers
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The cheeky djinni Bartimaeus is initially summoned by Khaba, Solomon's evil magician obsessed with obtaining the Ring, but is later freed and recruited by Asmira.
Yet Nathaniel obsessively continues to send the djinni in search of those who plot rebellion against the British Empire.