Subtitled 'Understanding and Dealing with the Invisible in Cairo', this ethnographic study explores storytelling in which Egyptian people retell first-hand experiences of djinns. It investigates both accounts of possession and also djinn manifestations. The djinn is an invisible spirit with a will of its own that may lurk at the bottom of your teacup or seep through your pores to possess you. Djinss are blamed for illness and misfortune or an excuse for unconventional behavior. Barbara Drieskens is a researcher at the Institut français du Proche-Orient in Beirut, Lebanon, and this book is an excellent way in to understanding the djinn in a cultural context.
London, UK: Saqi, 2008. Hardback, 260 pages. New.