Legends of the Fire Spirits by Robert Lebling, Tahir Shah

By Robert Lebling, Tahir Shah

When Westerners ponder a genie, the 1st snapshot that involves brain could be Barbara Eden in her purple harem pants or the illuminated blue buffoon from the lively Disney movie Aladdin. yet to the folks of the Arab and Islamic worlds, the image is dramatically diverse. Legends of the hearth Spirits appears past Westernized caricatures to immerse the reader within the shiny lore of the jinn—the wondrous, frequently frustrating, and infrequently terrifying spirit beings of historic Arab and Islamic tradition.

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

A attractive synthesis of heritage and folklore, this is often the main assorted number of jinn lore ever assembled in a single quantity. From historical scriptures to The Arabian Nights and past, and with a foreword through acclaimed filmmaker Tahir Shah, Lebling has built a accomplished account that not just transcends geographical borders but in addition spans a few 4 millennia.

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Like the jinn of today’s Bedouins, Palmyra’s ginnayê were said to resemble human beings in appearance and behaviour. The artists of Palmyra portrayed them in the specific roles that the deities played in Palmyrene society. For example, a surviving stele shows images in relief of Ashar and Saad, two well-known Palmyrene ginnayê, dressed in Roman-style togas; Ashar is shown mounted on horseback, with a quiver of arrows attached to his saddle, and Saad is standing beside the horse, holding a round shield.

To him, marriage of a female human to a male jinn was simply inconceivable. Ibn Taymiyyah, a scholar held in high regard by many conservative Muslims today, believed that it was theoretically possible for humans and jinn to intermarry and have children. As far back as the seventh century, a prominent Islamic theologian named al-Hasan al-Basri decided that marrying a jinn was possible but impermissible. Some 14 centuries later the debate continues among Muslims, with most sentiment opposed to intermarriage with jinn.

He tried to do the same at Tharis and Taqil and towards the people of Yajuj and Majuj (Gog and Magog), but ‘they were infidels and did not accept Islam’. The Prophet said it was impossible for most people to travel to Jabulqa and Jabulsa, because they would have to walk for four months in utter darkness. In ancient times, in the days of the 'Ad people (to be discussed later), three men who had accepted the preIslamic prophet Hud and his monotheistic message fled from their own people and travelled to Jabulqa and Jabulsa.

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