Islamic Demon (genie) Handbook

This book was alot if fun for me I read it a few years ago when I tried being Muslim and observed Ramadan. It is a wonderful read and maybe it will give you some new material to back up your side of the debate! It’s called Legend of the fire spirit.

Product Description

When Westerners think of a genie, the first image that comes to mind may be Barbara Eden in her pink harem pants or the illuminated blue buffoon from the animated Disney film Aladdin. But to the people of the Arab and Islamic worlds, the picture is dramatically different. Legends of the Fire Spirits looks beyond Westernized caricatures to immerse the reader in the vibrant lore of the jinn—the wondrous, often troublesome, and sometimes terrifying spirit beings of ancient Arab and Islamic tradition.

Robert Lebling delves into long-lost accounts, medieval histories, colonial records, anthropologist’s reports, and traveler’s tales to explore the origin and evolution of legends that continue to thrive in the Middle East and beyond. He cuts through centuries of Orientalists’ cultural presumption to craft a study that stands apart from the overwhelming body of literature concerned with religion in the Middle East.

A captivating synthesis of history and folklore, this is the most diverse collection of jinn lore ever assembled in one volume. From ancient scriptures to The Arabian Nights and beyond, and with a foreword by acclaimed filmmaker Tahir Shah, Lebling has constructed a comprehensive account that not only transcends geographical borders but also spans some four millennia.


Praise for Legends of the Fire Spirits

“The most complete compendium of research on the jinn to date.” —UFO Digest

“Legends of the Fire Spirits is a long overdue compendium of the knowledge and history of the jinn. It will enrich the reader’s knowledge of human history more than one might imagine. The book also can serve as a lifelong reference to the mysteries of the Middle East and their influence on both Western and Eastern cultures.” —Arab News

“Robert Lebling’s exhaustive and very readable account of jinn lore and legends traces the fascinating history of these strange beings . . . Mortals interested in knowing more about these magical creatures must content themselves with Lebling’s absorbing study.” —Times Literary Supplement

“A fantastic introduction to a big Middle Eastern subject—the belief in Jinn, spirit people who live in parallel to us yet are invisible to humans. Most cultures have had traditions about ‘little people’ or something similar, but in the West we’ve pretty much ruled it out—“Faires at the bottom of the garden.” . . . Perhaps the fairies aren’t at the bottom of the garden after all, but right next to us. An excellent read—highly recommended.” —Jason Webster, author of the Max Cámara detective novels

About the Author

Robert Lebling has lived and worked as a journalist in Egypt, Lebanon, 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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I think it’s interesting that you bring up the jinn, as I’ve had a minor epiphany that’s relevant to the discussion of jinn, “the wee folk,” and so forth.

Most people who use a drug called DMT report interracting with entities called “the machine elves,” whom can be described as intelligent, duplicitous, insightful, and so forth. They are often seen as a race of beings that live in a “parallel reality,” and they can provide answers to our problems.

I actually know an astrophysicist who had a difficult mathematical problem that was stalling his progress in his Ph.D thesis. He took a drug called ayahuasca–which contains DMT and an MAOI–and consulted the machine elves, which supplied the answers that he needed to move forward in his thesis . . . after he begged and humiliated himself in some way that he refused to descibe.

So . . . the machine elves can even grant wishes.

In short . . . I argue that there are so many similarities between the machine elves and the jinn that we may as well consider them to be the same thing.

I have since found out that DMT occurs naturally in the human brain, and I believe (please note that I said “believe”, and that I didn’t say “know”) that practices like fasting, prayer, meditation, sleep deprivation, sensory deprivation, and self-flagellation may change and/or enhance the action of DMT in the human brain. Such practices are common in all religions.

See below for a blurb on natural DMT in the human brain:

Below, see blurb on the machine elves that are common to the DMT experience:

Please consider the images of the machine elves below:




Now, please compare them with images of the jinn:



I have never used DMT, but I became interested in jinn, aliens, and machine elves after I experienced a few episodes of sleep paralysis, which involved strange interractions with beings who seemed reminiscent of the machine elves. See image below:


As I was much younger, I didn’t have the mental discipline to utilize the experience enough to actually talk with them and see if I could get any insights.

I realize that everyone will dismiss these experiences as hallucinations . . . and I completely agree.

Still . . . there are resources in the human brain that are not ordinarily available, and I believe that a discussion about these topics may give us a way to tap in to mental resources that are ordinarily sequestered.

In other words, just because something is a hallucination doesn’t mean that it can’t be valuable.

There is a common belief that there is a fine line between genius and insanity, and–perhaps–a discussion of the jinn is relevant to this point.

What is also relevant is how many “primitive” tribes (all over the world) use hallucinogens during religious rituals to commune with the spirit world.

These rituals are often used to obtain insights from the spirits on some problem or issue that’s affecting the community . . . and the drug that’s often used is ayahuasca, which contains DMT.

Other drugs, such as peyote (a form of mescaline), mushrooms (psilocybin), and datura (atropine) are also used.


Another point that I forgot to make in my prior post is that I’m stongly tempted to find a common relationship between the Voodoo (actually called “Voudun”) loa spirits and the jinn.

I have a considerable amount of experience with Voudun, as I was a paramedic in downtown Miami for many years, and there are many Haitian people who live there.

I had to become familiar with their religion in order to be able to better serve them as a paramedic, as a paramedic needs to gain the trust of the patient.

During a religious ceremony, a loa will “mount” the congregant . . . which is described as a kind of temporary possesion (like demonic possesion, but it’s usually benign), and the loa speaks through the person.

There is a pantheon of different loa are described as living in an alternate spirit world. They can be duplicitous, mischevious, or even spiteful. They also grant wishes.

When we consider the jinn . . . does any of this sound familiar?

Below are images of Voudun loa:




If you contrast the above images with the images of jinn and the machine elves . . . then what’s the difference?

Voudun uses a great many herbs, meditation techniques, fasting, and so forth.

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One final point is that I’m very, very tempted to equate this spirit world (alternate reality, and so forth) with the collective unconsciousness of Carl Jung.

I am also tempted to equate this collective unconsciouness with the idea of the “interconnectedness” that’s a cornerstone of Buddhist philosophy, and I believe that exploring these points may yield insights into the function of the human mind.

I also want to mention that some of my points were inspired by certain books.

In a novel called Dune by Frank Herbert, he postulated a kind of drug called “spice” that enhanced insight, intellect, and religious inspiration. This drug was so powerful that it allows navigators to accurately pilot starships through the interdimensional folds in hyperspace on the basis of their drug-fueled insights alone.

In Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, the Second Foundationers had cultivated mental disciplines to the point where they could communicate subliminally trough a “mentalic field,” and a character called “The Mule” was able to influence peoples’ behavior and actions by working through this collective unconsciousness . . . and conquered a large part of the Galactic Empire with this talent.

I don’t want anyone to think that I plagiarize.

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