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Sexual intercourse between humans and demons in the islamic tradition

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The Koran and other fundamental religious texts emphasize the difference between what is "apparent" and "outward" (zâhir) and what is "hidden" and "inward" (bâtin). The existence of a hidden dimension of reality is also reflected in Islamic culture generally, in which human knowledge is basically divided between exoteric and esoteric sciences. One of the most central tenets of esoteric knowledge in Islam is the link between human society and the world of the "demons". These "demons" are most commonly referred to as jinn. Jinn reproduce themselves sexually, but they may also have intercourse with human beings. Many stories describe jinn as similar to human beings, but with vertical pupils like cat's eyes and with legs resembling those of a goat or a camel. According to the pious Muhâsibî, jinn will enter Paradise, but humans will be invisible to them: exactly the reverse of the situation here on earth.

Keywords: bâtin; demons; Humans; Islamic Tradition; jinn; Koran; Muhâsibî; Sexual Intercourse; zâhir



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