by Sharon Buchbinder
What are Jinn (Djinn)?
Jinn (or Djinn) is the plural of jinni (male) and jinniyah (female). Jinn are another entity like humans. Created from smokeless fire at the same time as angels and man, they have been with us from the start. Jinn have families, clans, and can live to be over 1,000 years old. A jinni could be sitting next to you right now. They live alongside humans in an alternate dimension and when invisible to adults, can be seen, on occasion, by animals and babies. If they wish to manifest themselves, they can appear as humans, black dogs, snakes, goats, and other animals. A tip from my reading: do not kill a snake without asking him to leave your house three times first.
Are Jinn evil?
Just as there are good and bad people, there are good and bad Jinn. According to Lebling's research, in Morocco there are Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Jinn. If a jinni is evil and antagonizes humans, he is called shaitan (singular) and shayateen (plural) in Arabic. If they are powerful and evil, they are called afreet or I'frit (transliterations vary). You do not want to mix it up alone with an I'frit. You will need back-up. Very dangerous.
Are Jinn the same as Fairies and Elves?
My focus has been on Jinn for the last four years while researching Kiss of the Virgin Queen However, many of the behaviors, attributes, and abilities of Jinn, Fairies, and Elves are very similar. Some authors, like Rosemary Ellen Guiley, have written comprehensive books and encyclopedias that examine these entities side-by-side, along with Shadow People and other inexplicable entities.
What is Zar? Is that Jinn, too?
Zar is a cultural practice of dancing, singing, and spiritual coming together of women, often in societies where women have few opportunities to express themselves. Men who dislike having women get together have co-opted this term to say women are having sex with Zar (Jinn) at these meetings. In reality, it is more like a women's support group. Zar is practiced in Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, Somalia, Southern Iran and other places. In Ethiopia, the word can also refer to demons.
Brief Non-Fiction Bibliography
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Ameen, A.M.K.i.I. (2005). The Jinn and Human Sickness: Remedies in the Light of the Qur'aan and Human Sickness. (Translated by Nasiruddin Al-Khattab). Riyadh, KSA:Darussalam.
- The author examines human illnesses which have been attributed to Jinn through the lens of science and modern medicine. This balanced approach provides an opportunity for physicians and spiritual leaders to work together to promote healing. Highly recommend for serious students of Jinn.
- This ethnography is a view into the daily life in Cairo among people for whom Jinn are an accepted part of life. The author writes as a participant observer in this detailed work. Highly recommend for serious students of Jinn.
- A professor and author of numerous books on comparative literature, the author places Jinn in context with other beliefs. An excellent glossary provides the reader an easy reference guide. Highly recommend for serious students of Jinn.
- A popular book on the paranormal with overview of Djinn and their relationship to other paranormal entities including Shadow People, ETs, Nephilim, Archons, etc. Recommended read for lovers of the paranormal.
- A popular book on the paranormal which examines the intent and plans of evil genies. Recommended read for lovers of the paranormal.
- An engineer's examination of Angels, Demons, Satan and Jinn through the use of Quran sacred text and science. Highly recommend for serious students of Jinn.
- A comprehensive, approachable, and extensive overview of stories of the Jinn and Jinn experiences throughout the Middle East. Highly recommend for serious students of Jinn.
- This PhD thesis examines the theory and practices of exorcism among orthodox Muslims. An excellent approach for Westerners desiring insight and understanding of jinni exorcisms. Highly recommend for serious students of Jinn.
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Sharon's Newest Release: Kiss of the Virgin Queen
Arta is stunned when he receives Eliana’s call. Forced to abandon the woman he loves, he now fears she won’t accept his shape-shifting skills as a Persian Lion. Eliana, in the meantime discovers she is a direct descendant of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba with special powers of her own. But will her skill and Arta's be enough to defeat the jinni, or will they lose the love history decreed for them as well as their lives in this battle of good versus evil?
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