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LEGENDS OF THE FIRE SPIRITS
Jinn and Genies from Arabia to Zanzibar Robert Lebling, Foreword by Tahir Shah

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In the magical tale of Aladdin in The Arabian Nights, the genie that suddenly appears out of the lamp is powerful, playful and utterly mysterious. Supernatural, shape-shifting figures have been given many names over the ages – genie, demon, spirit, ghoul, shaitan and jinn. Those who have seen them believe jinn shadow us in our daily lives, causing endless mischief, providing amazing services and sometimes inducing sheer terror. Legends of the Fire Spirits explores the enduring phenomenon of the jinn. From North Africa to Southeast Asia, from the Mediterranean to sub-Saharan Africa and beyond, this riveting book draws on long-forgotten ancient testimonies, medieval histories, colonial records, anthropologists’ reports and travellers’ tales to explore the different types of jinn, their behaviour, society, culture and long history of contact with humankind. It documents their links with famous figures in history and illustrates the varied and vivid portrayals of jinn in world literature. In essence, Legends of the Fire Spirits is a magnificent and indispensable portrayal of the rich folklore of the Islamic world. ‘The boundaries of Lebling’s work surpassed my wildest dreams. Lebling has left no stone unturned in his enquiry, roaming through traditional Eastern literature as well as the modern media. The result is a truly extraordinary masterwork, a treasury within itself that can be consulted at random, dipped into as a bedside book, or read from cover to cover in a fabulous feast for the imagination and the enquiring mind.’ - Tahir Shah Robert W. Lebling has lived and worked as a journalist in Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the United States and is the author, with Donna Pepperdine, of Natural Remedies of Arabia. Married with two daughters, he is currently a writer and communications specialist based in Saudi Arabia.

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Hardback. 320 pages . 234 x 156mm .9781845119935. July 2010 Offer available only with this flyer. Offer expires 31st January 2011 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Please send me ... copy/copies of Legends of the Fire Spirits at £14.00 each. 9781845119935

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