Al-zamakhshari - And Magic

Arabian and Islamic writings tell of the wonders of Jinn-land and the country of the fairies (Periston). The method of conjuring jinni by talismans is widespread. Briefly, though there are variations, this consists in making a talisman and perfuming it with the requisite incense, as the first step. After this has been done, the jinn is conjured in the name of Solomon, and threatened with Solomon's wrath (i.e., being sealed in a metal bottle) if he does not appear. If the correct number of repetitions have been made, and certain other requirements complied with, the jinn will come and serve the invocant (71).

Moslem theologians are somewhat at variance about the question of the Word of Power and its uses. Some contend that such a word, though it exists, is known to nobody on earth: hence its use is a question which does not arise. Those who follow Ibn Khakhin and Geber (the latter is said to have written five hundred books on magic) maintain that the Word has been revealed and that this name ([Ism-el-A%am) is the one which alone compels the obedience of the genies. Students of the occult like Geber (Ja'afir Abu-Musa), however, make a point of distinguishing between magic and sorcery. The latter (kahand) uses talismans alone, without the Name of God, which cannot, they affirm, be used for evil ends.

There are other traces of Egyptian and Babylonian magic in Arabian occultism as passed to Europe in the Dark Ages. Either from here or through the Indian connection (possibly both) the Arabs felt that the magical circle al-Mandal was necessary in all conjurations, to protect the operator from the wrath of Satan—Satan, of course, being the originator of black, as Solomon was of white, magic.

Among the best-known writers, either on current magical practice or its theory, were At-Tabari (Tafsir), Er-Rlzi (Mafatih), and Al-Zamakhshari (Kasbshaf). Their works are generally neglected by Western students of the occult. In fact, their material is not available for study in Western tongues in accurate translation.

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