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The Evolution of the Concept of the Jinn

The Evolution of the Concept of the Jinn

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The evolution of the concept of the "jinn" from pre-Islam to Islam by El-Zein, Amira

Doctoral dissertation Georgetown University, 1995, 408 pages

Beliefs regarding the jinn are deeply integrated into Arab and Muslim culture and religion, and have a constant presence in legends, myths, poetry, and literature. Amira El-Zein explores the integral role these mythological figures play, revealing that the concept of jinn is fundamental to understanding Muslim and pre-Islamic Arab culture and tradition. Examining closely a wide range of sources, from the fields of law, theology, and folklore, El-Zein clearly places the status of the jinn in the metaphysical and cosmological economy of pre-Islamic and Islamic belief. The author also illuminates the Islamic concept of the jinn by comparing it to other similar concepts in different religions and mythologies. She probes the complex relationships between the jinn and humans, as well as the jinn and animals, providing critical insights into the function of the jinn in the process of poetic and cultural creation. The author's access to Arabic sources and her ability to contextualize them make this a compelling and thorough account.
The evolution of the concept of the "jinn" from pre-Islam to Islam by El-Zein, Amira

Doctoral dissertation Georgetown University, 1995, 408 pages

Beliefs regarding the jinn are deeply integrated into Arab and Muslim culture and religion, and have a constant presence in legends, myths, poetry, and literature. Amira El-Zein explores the integral role these mythological figures play, revealing that the concept of jinn is fundamental to understanding Muslim and pre-Islamic Arab culture and tradition. Examining closely a wide range of sources, from the fields of law, theology, and folklore, El-Zein clearly places the status of the jinn in the metaphysical and cosmological economy of pre-Islamic and Islamic belief. The author also illuminates the Islamic concept of the jinn by comparing it to other similar concepts in different religions and mythologies. She probes the complex relationships between the jinn and humans, as well as the jinn and animals, providing critical insights into the function of the jinn in the process of poetic and cultural creation. The author's access to Arabic sources and her ability to contextualize them make this a compelling and thorough account.

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