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Jinn

 

(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).

jinn

(genii) class of demon assuming animal/human form. [Arab. Myth.: Benét, 13, 521]
See: Demon
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With the knowledge of some in his human family, Indelbed is whisked away to a place where he's less of a threat to the djinn.
When the djinn goes in Rania, Rania will look like him.
The mother said the woman later claimed the sorceress had told her that a male djinn had possessed her daughter and insisted on marrying her.
We want to thank everyone who has gone out to see Djinn as it is a big step forward for film making in the country.
Stumbling into an adventure with her djinn forces Amber to reflect on such things as what she values in a friendship, comparing herself with her peers and the importance of taking responsibility for her own decisions; big or small.
Arvas stated: "According to our faith, there are beings called djinn.
Car grande sera leur deconvenue lorsqu'ils s'apercevront que la lampe mirifique est vide, qu'il n'en sort aucun djinn faiseur de prodiges, qu'il ne tombe rien du ciel, et qu'ils devront tout faire eux-memes.
Chapter six, "The Dark Side of the Tale," begins with a brief notation of Byatt's longstanding interest of fairy tales and includes a few incisive comments about the dark tales in The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye and The Little Black Book before it delves into a sustained analysis of the novel's treatment of children's literature.
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Bartimaeus the djinn especially chafes at the labor, and for his insolence gets sent to the even less desirable task of hunting bandits in the desert.
Described as an invisible being created by Allah from the flame of fire in the Koran, the djinn that comes to life in Gillian's Istanbul hotel room makes her dreams come true by restoring her youth and by making love to her.
A djinn is a spirit, a ghost, and it is said that such a being inhabits their grandfather's home.