"like some pale djinn"
Djinn as depicted in the Kitab al-Bulhan (14th century)
Public DomainDjinn as depicted in the Kitab al-Bulhan (14th century) - Credit: Oxford Digital Library
Relief of Assyrian djinn (c. 716–713 BC)
Public DomainRelief of Assyrian djinn (c. 716–713 BC) - Credit: Paul-Émile Botta

Djinn, or genies, are demons in Arabic mythology which are said to occupy a parallel world to that of mankind. Together, djinn, humans and angels make up the three sentient creations of Allah.

Linking back to the novel’s motif of fire, the Qur’an describes the djinn as beings made of smokeless flame or 'the fire of a scorching wind'.