Legends of the Fire Spirits by Robert Lebling, Tahir Shah

By Robert Lebling, Tahir Shah

When Westerners examine a genie, the 1st picture that involves brain might be Barbara Eden in her purple harem pants or the illuminated blue buffoon from the lively Disney movie Aladdin. yet to the folk of the Arab and Islamic worlds, the image is dramatically assorted. Legends of the fireplace Spirits appears to be like past Westernized caricatures to immerse the reader within the shiny lore of the jinn—the wondrous, usually difficult, and occasionally terrifying spirit beings of historical Arab and Islamic tradition.

Robert Lebling delves into long-lost money owed, medieval histories, colonial documents, anthropologist’s stories, and traveler’s stories to discover the starting place and evolution of legends that proceed to thrive within the center East and past. He cuts via centuries of Orientalists’ cultural presumption to craft a learn that stands except the overpowering physique of literature enthusiastic about faith within the center East.

A alluring synthesis of historical past and folklore, this is often the main assorted selection of jinn lore ever assembled in a single quantity. From historic scriptures to The Arabian Nights and past, and with a foreword by means of acclaimed filmmaker Tahir Shah, Lebling has built a entire account that not just transcends geographical borders but additionally spans a few 4 millennia.

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As we have seen, angels were originally created by Allah from light, and jinn from smokeless fi re. A few Muslim scholars suggest that Iblis was of angelic origin and others say he was created separately by God. But the Qur'an states clearly that he was a jinn, even if elevated to the rank of angel: 'Iblis ... was one of the jinns, and he broke the command of his Lord’ (Qur'an 18:50). According to an old Muslim legend, related in part by al-Qazwini and popular among the Egyptians,42 the first jinn to be created by Allah from the simmum, or hot scorching desert wind, was Asoom bin Jan-Tarnushi.

These concepts did not supplant local beliefs but may have influenced or supplemented them. Greek and Roman notions of demons certainly had an impact on Islamic philosophers, theologians and other scholars of the Umayyad and Abbasid eras, since these thinkers actively built on the knowledge of their Graeco-Roman predecessors. Islam In Western Arabia, where Islam was born, one of the many roles of jinn was to inspire poets and soothsayers. Poetry was a particularly popular oral art among the people of Arabia.

She was believed to live in craggy mountains or in dismal swamps and was particularly addicted to destroying children. Babylonian mothers would shield their children from the horrors of this demon by placing protective talismans on cords or chains around their youngsters’ necks. Another Babylonian demon called the sedu was possibly a guardian spirit, like the qarin/qarinah which we shall visit later. But it was also seen as having evil propensities. The sedu and a similar demon called the lamassu were often appealed to at the end of written invocations that have survived to this day on clay tablets.

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