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5. Sharia
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Islam / Theology /
Arabic: jinn
Other spelling: genie

In Islam and in the Koran, invisible beings, that constitute a world almost parallel to the human.
The jinns are living with humans, and are a central part of the Muslim world view. The belief in jinns is orthodox, repeatedly mentioned in the Koran.
Jinns are created out of smokeless flame, while man and angels are from clay and light. Jinns are a part of the realm of God and Muhammad passed on the message of Islam even to them. Which nature the jinns are of, and whether Satan comes from them, are theoretical problems with Muslim theologians.
We find the concept of jinns also in pre-Islamic Arabia, where they constituted the nymphs and satyrs of the desert. In the time of Muhammad they were revered as a sort of gods.
The existence of jinns are fully accepted in Islam, and relations between man and jinns have been dealt with in Sharia, covering matters like marriage and inheritance.
Jinns have become part of world mythology, promoted by the fairy-tale of Arabian Nights, especially that of Aladdin. "Genie" is then used as the English word, which is an acceptable transliteration of the Arabic word.

By Tore Kjeilen