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Islam, Arabs, and the Intelligent World of the Jinn


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Amira El-Zein is visiting associate professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar. She is a published poet and translator in Arabic, French, and English. She is also the author of numerous articles on comparative mysticism, comparative folk literature, and comparative literature.


One of the only monographs available devoted to a discussion of the jinn. It provides a useful resource for anyone working in the field of popular religion and Islamic Studies, but it is primarily a research monograph on medieval Arabic literature."" - British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies

""The jinn, in all their shape-shifting varieties, are an integral part of Islamic culture, literature, and poetry, and because the author of this small volume is herself a poet as well as a scholar of comparative literature and mysticism, she has been able to provide some unique insights into their world."" - Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft

""This remarkable [book] is a much-needed complement to the wide literature devoted to Islam . . . and offers fresh and original insights that challenge the conventional view of the Islamic religion and civilization."" - Patrick Laude, author of Divine Play, Sacred Laughter, and Spiritual Understanding.

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