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The Iranian MetaphysicalsExplorations in Science, Islam, and the Uncanny$
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Alireza Doostdar

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691163772

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691163772.001.0001

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Do Jinn Exist?

Do Jinn Exist?

(p.52) 4 Do Jinn Exist?
The Iranian Metaphysicals

Alireza Doostdar

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the question of whether jinn and sorcery exist. A number of invisible entities and realms beyond the sensible material world are featured in Islamic cosmology, as rooted in the Qur'an and hadith. These include not only God but also angels, jinn, heaven and hell, and news of the unseen in the form of prophecy and inspiration. Muslims have a relationship, a position, toward these entities. The jinn are primarily thought to be invisible beings, and sorcery depends on invisible forces. Many contemporary Iranians look dismissively upon reports of jinn sighting, possession, and exorcism, and yet claim that they believe in jinn because they are mentioned in the Qur'an. The chapter discusses several skeptical approaches to jinn and sorcery in Iran and shows that most Muslim theologians accept the existence of both, even if their purported everyday manifestations are viewed with doubt or denial.

Keywords:   jinn, sorcery, Islamic cosmology, Qur'an, unseen, Muslims, possession, exorcism, Iran

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