Genie in Popular Culture - Genie - Books


  • Legends of the Fire Spirits: Jinn and Genies from Arabia to Zanzibar is a book by Robert Lebling with foreword by author Tahir Shah and has been called "the most complete compendium of research on the jinn to date."
  • Tahir Shah's 2008 book In Arabian Nights is a collection of traditional Eastern stories of wisdom, interspersed with encounters with jinn.
  • Tahir Shah's 2006 book The Caliph's House describes in detail the highs and lows of his family's relocation from London to a Jinn-filled mansion called Dar Khalifa in the middle of a Casablanca shantytown.
  • Jinnicky the Red Jinn is one of Ruth Plumly Thompson's original Oz characters. His most notable appearances are in Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz, The Purple Prince of Oz and The Silver Princess in Oz.
  • Christopher Moore’s book Practical Demonkeeping describes the pre-human origin of the jinn and God's favor toward humans.
  • The "Djinn in Charge of All Deserts" gives the lazy camel his hump in the story "How the Camel Got His Hump" from Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories.
  • Several references to jinn occur in the final short story, "Ramadan", in Neil Gaiman’s sixth The Sandman collection, Fables and Reflections. In Gaiman's novel American Gods, an ‘ifrīt drives a taxicab in New York, and has a homosexual encounter with a passenger, with whom he then switches identities.
  • In the Bartimaeus Trilogy books by Jonathan Stroud, a djinni is one of five major spirits, the others being afrits (a form of ‘ifrīt), marids, foliots, and imps.
  • Jinn appear frequently in Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series. The Wardens who control fire, weather and earth capture the jinn in bottles, and use them to channel their powers.
  • Dragon Rider, a novel by Cornelia Funke, features a jinni named Asif who is huge, omnipotent, and has a thousand eyes.
  • In the book series Children of the Lamp, the protagonists discover that they are members of a jinn "tribe" named Marid. In the series, jinn are said to be made of fire and have special powers that allow them to do anything they please according to "The Baghdad Rules." In The Blue Djinn of Babylon, the second book of the series, Edwiges, a jinni dedicated to breaking casinos, makes note of the rule that no jinni shall be allowed to make money for him- or herself. Jinn can only use their powers when it is warm.
  • In Jinn by Matthew B.J. Delaney, Jinns are the Villains.
  • There are several passing references to jinn in Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses.
  • "The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye" is a short story by British writer A. S. Byatt, published in an anthology of the same name.
  • In the Doctor Who novel The Stone Rose, the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler encounter an artificial life form called a GENIE – Genetically Engineered Neural Imagination Engine – which is described as the inspiration for the genies of Earth.
  • In the novel Proven Guilty in Jim Butcher's series The Dresden Files, Lucius Glau, Madrigal Raith's lawyer, is a jann – the scion of a jinno and a mortal.
  • Djinn is the title of a 1981 novel by French author Alain Robbe-Grillet.
  • In Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman's Rose of the Prophet trilogy, jinn are created by the gods to handle the day-to-day woes of humanity, thereby freeing the gods from having to deal with it.
  • Jinn are the primary power in Tim Powers's book Declare.
  • In C.S. Lewis' 1949 novel The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Mr. Beaver tells the Pevensie children that the White Witch is half jinn and half giant.
  • One of the main characters in the second book of The Orphan's Tales: In the Cities of Coin and Spice is a jinni queen and one of the leaders of the jinn army.
  • In A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, Mariam's mom claims to have been entered by a jinni which caused seizures.
  • In Graham Joyce's Requiem, Ahmed, Tom, and Sharon are all haunted by their djinn from past experiences.
  • In Syren (Septimus Heap Book 5), Merrin Meredith (aka.. Septimus Heap, or Daniel Hunter) releases a jinn from a charm intended as a protection to be given to the true Septimus Heap.
  • A jinn is featured in Operation Chaos by Poul Anderson.
  • William Dalrymple's 1994 travelogue City of Djinns describes New Delhi as a city of metaphorical jinns.
  • Graham Masterton's novel The Djinn is a modern-day story about a businessman trying to use a djinn for gain.

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