Astrology, Jinn, and Magical Healing in al- Saraqustī’s Forty-sixth maqāma

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The forty-sixth maqāma in al-Saraqustī’s collection, the “Maqāma al-Janīya” or “Maqāma of the Genie” is valuable in that it o ers an early account of how popular healers used (or were thought to have used) what today would be considered magic or the supernatural as part of their medical healing in the medieval Arabic-speaking world. Their practice involved the use of astronomical tables to cast horoscopes and the treatment of jinn possession by exorcism. In this maqāma al-Saraqustī contextualizes the encounter of Abū Ḥabīb and al-Sā’ib, narrator and dupe, within contemporary medieval beliefs of jinn possession and astrological prognostication current in the Arabic- speaking world. In this maqāma al-Sā’ib may be ill, but he is not seduced by Abū Ḥabīb’s rhetoric and his promises of healing, but gives voice to his doubt and accuses the old man of being a fake at the end.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Study of al-Andalus
Subtitle of host publicationThe Scholarship and Legacy of James T. Monroe
EditorsMichelle Hamilton, David Wacks
PublisherHarvard Univ. Press
ISBN (Print)9780674984462
StatePublished - 2018

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Bibliographical note

Hamilton, Michelle, et al. The Study of Al-Andalus: the Scholarship and Legacy of James T. Monroe. Ilex Foundation, 2018.


  • Al-Andalus
  • Spanish Literature
  • Arabic
  • Medicine
  • Medieval
  • Iberian Peninsula
  • Jinn
  • Magic
  • Religion
  • Maqamat


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