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Saudi 'genie' sued for harassment
A family in Saudi Arabia is taking a "genie" to court, accusing it of theft
and harassment, reports say.
They accuse the spirit of threatening them, throwing stones and stealing
mobile phones, Al Watan newspaper said.
The family have lived in the same house near the city of Medina for 15
years but say they only recently became aware of the spirit. They have now
A local court is investigating. In Islamic theology, genies are spirits
that can harass or possess humans.
'Get out of the house'
"We began to hear strange sounds," the head of the family, who come from
Mahd Al Dahab, told the Saudi daily. He did not want to be named.
"At first we did not take it seriously, but then stranger things started to
happen and the children got particularly scared when the genie started
He added: "A woman spoke to me first, and then a man. They said we should
get out of the house."
A local court says it is trying to verify the truthfulness of the claims
"despite the difficulty" of doing so.
Many Westerners know the term genie from the tale of Aladdin and the magic
lamp, or the 1960s American sitcom, I Dream of Jeannie.
But the BBC's Sebastian Usher says genies, or jinn, in Islamic theology can
be a lot more sinister.
They are believed to be normally invisible but with the ability to assume
human or animal form, and are often said to be motivated by revenge or
There is a lingering belief in genies in the Muslim world that predates
Islam, our correspondent says.
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Published: 2009/07/11 11:30:46 GMT