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(Arabic, literally “spirit”), in the Koran a fantastic substance created by Allah from pure, smokeless fire. There are two types of jinns: those converted to Islam that do good deeds and those that are faithless deluders of people and bearers of disease. According to believers, jinns are capable of assuming various forms and living inside of people, animals, and plants. The concept of the jinn existed in pre-Islamic Arabic pagan mythology. With the spread of Islam, belief in jinns became partially incorporated into other peoples’ beliefs (for example, the Persians).

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(genii) class of demon assuming animal/human form. [Arab. Myth.: Benét, 13, 521]
See: Demon
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The reader is made to believe in a world dominated by wise men, the pirs or babas (both terms are used in reference to spiritual men of great wisdom), who have knowledge of the supernatural, can converse with jinns, can tame the snakes, speak language of the animal, search for dwarfs, and possess an inner eye - all packaged as Sufism.
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Say: "Verily, God's Guidance is the only guidance, and we have been commanded to submit (ourselves) to the Lord of the Worlds (mankind, jinns and all that exists); and to perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat)", and to be obedient to God and fear Him, and it is He to Whom you shall be gathered.} (Al-An`am 6: 71-72)