Formed from "smokeless fire , the fire of the wind Simoom, these
entities were created several millennia before Adam, and were
governed by a succession of monarchs named Suleyman, the last of
which was called Jān ibn Jān and built the pyramids of Egypt.
However, because of their disobedience, they were punished and
driven from the earth to the islands by the angels. Many were
imprisoned or slaughtered, and one captured jinnee (a male jinn; the
female is called a jinniyeh) known as Azāzel became an angel but
refused to worship Adam and so was banished and became a sheytān or
devil, the father of all sheytāns. The jinn are not immortal, but
will survive mankind, and can be destroyed by men, other jinn, or
shooting stars hurled at them from heaven. Because fire runs in
their bodies instead of blood, once hit, they will burn to death.
They eat, drink and can have children with other jinn or humans.
Good jinn are of great beauty, while evil jinn are gigantic and
horribly deformed. They hate iron, and the evil jinn can cause
waterspouts and sandstorms. All jinn can change their shape and have
great powers of magic. They also live in the mountains of Kāf, but
some may take up residence in baths, wells, latrines, ovens, ruined
houses, seas, rivers and market places. They can fly up to the
lowest heavens and listen to the words of the angels, and from this
can learn the future. Men, with the use of talismans or magic, can
make them obey their words and ask them divulge their knowledge of