Jinns in Islamic Art

21Aug - by Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad - 7 - In Other Media

Jinns are intelligent beings in Islamic belief system which have free will just like human beings. Unlike humans however they are made of smokeless fire. Jinns are also supposed to have different religions just like humans e.g., Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism etc and even Atheism. Jinns are supposed to live in the unseen world which can be thought of as a parallel dimension co-existing with our own. Here are some depictions of Jinns in Islamic art over the course of centuries.

Jinns that cause toothache! 18th century Ottoman Manuscript

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The 72nd chapter of the Quran is also titled Surah Jinn

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A Jinn from Shahnama from medieval Persia

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The court of Solomon with Jinns, Angels, Animals and Birds (Mughal Miniature)

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Mahan in the Wilderness of Ghouls-Jinns fighting dragons from Khamsa of Nizami

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A Jinn drawn in the style of ‘Muhammad Siyah Qalam by Muhammad Taqi

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Jinn by the Ottoman master Mehmed Siyah Kalem

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Rustom fighting a Jinn from a medieval Islamic manuscript

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Arghan Div Brings the Chest of Armor to Hamza from Dastan Amir Hamza

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Jinns from a medieval Islamic manuscript Wonders of Creation

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Another Illustration of Jinn Shaitan from the 14th century Book of Wonders

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Depiction of two Jinns from Iran/Central Asia from the Timurid Period

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Jinns by the Ottoman Artist Mehmet Siyah Kalem in the East Asian style

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Illustration of the Jinn Shaitan from the 14th century Book of Wonders

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