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My grandmother once swore that she had seen an ifrit, or perhaps a marid, late one evening, on the edge of the desert. We all told her that it was just a sandstorm, a little wind, but she had seen its face. And its eyes, like yours, were burning flames.

Salim to the Jinn, "Head Full of Snow"

The Jinn is an ifrit from the Middle East. Ifrits are a tribe of jinns. They are mostly the powerful ones. King Solomon is said to have control over ifrits.

Background Edit

The Jinn once visited the City of Ubar (The Lost City of Towers). Each night, three or four thousand travelers would stop at the city, drinking wine and celebrating, but the city perished a few thousand years ago.

Significance in narrative Edit

Main article: Jinn/Novel

Significance in series Edit

"The Secret of Spoons" Edit

Shadow and Wednesday stop at a diner where Wednesday is meeting someone. He gives Shadow a list and sends him shopping. When Shadow returns to the diner, he passes by the man (the Jinn) Wednesday was meeting with as the man's eyes light up with fire.

"Head Full of Snow" Edit

Somewhere in America

Salim is a young Muslim man selling trinkets and souvenirs for his brother-in-law. He sits all day long at a company called Panglobal, waiting to meet with Mr. Blanding who never shows. He asks if he can make an appointment for tomorrow and the assistant tells him he has to phone for appointments. He walks out into the night rain and hails a cab, giving directions to his hotel. The taxi driver speaks Arabic and they discuss Oman, where Salim is from, chatting about the Lost City of Towers, which vanished thousands of years prior. The taxi driver apologizes as he has been driving for 30 hours straight and Salim tells him about how he just arrived in America a week ago and is selling worthless trinkets to people who won't see him.

They get stuck in traffic and the taxi driver falls asleep. Salim reaches over the seat and gently rests his hand on his shoulder to wake him. The taxi driver awakens and Salim catches a glimpse of fiery eyes in the rear-view mirror. Salim recognizes him as an ifrit, a person of the fire that his grandmother once told him about. The Jinn tells him that he does not grant wishes and his life has been reduced to this terrible job as a taxi driver. Salim reaches over to once again touch his shoulder in comfort. The Jinn caresses his hand in return.

They arrive at Salim's hotel and Salim invites the Jinn up to his room. Salim undresses as the Jinn comes out of the shower, his eyes aflame. Salim tells him that he does grant wishes and they make love. When Salim awakens the next morning, the Jinn is gone and all that remains behind are the Jinn's belongings. Salim dresses in the Jinn's clothes and heads to the taxi, getting into the driver's seat. He looks in the rear-view mirror and says, "I do not grant wishes."

Bilquis enters the House on the Rock as it is closing and feeds on one of the employees. She wanders through the deserted building and encounters the Jinn. They greet each other and Bilquis reveals she was not invited. Salim arrives, surprising the Jinn.

The Jinn asks why Salim followed him when he could have gone anywhere else and done anything he wanted. He tells Salim to leave but Salim replies back, "I do not grant wishes." They are interrupted by Wednesday's entrance. Wednesday asks the Jinn how many have arrived. The Jinn replies there are about a dozen plus Bilquis, who was not invited. Wednesday and Nancy take tokens from the Jinn and the Jinn offers Shadow a token as well but he does not let Laura and Sweeney through.

Bilquis greets Nancy before confronting Wednesday for not inviting her when she is an Old God. Wednesday acquiesces and invites her to "consult the Norns." She inserts a token into a machine where Selina, a fortune telling mannequin, moves around to music before a card is dropped into a slot below for her to retrieve. Wednesday inserts his token next and chortles when he receives his card, causing Shadow to ask what it is. He won't reveal what it says because, "a man's fortune is his own." Shadow inserts his token and receives his card, reading it out loud:

Every ending is a new beginning. Your lucky number is none. Your lucky color is dead. Motto: Like father, like son.

Laura asks the Jinn for a coin so she can get a fortune. He refuses but both Salim and Sweeney convince him to give her one. She inserts her token and receives her fortune, however, it is blank.

At a Motel America diner, Wednesday pours mead as the Old Gods feast and socialize. A sniper fires into the diner, shooting down Old Gods with bullets engraved with "Deus Mortuorum" (Latin for "God is dead"). As the bullets fly, the Jinn protects Salim and Shadow tackles Laura to the ground.

In the aftermath, Wednesday finds Zorya Vechernyaya incapacitated by a chest wound. He cradles her as Czernobog holds her hand and she dies. Czernobog curses the person who killed her so that they will not die in battle, no one alive will take their life, and "she" will find them. Laura realizes Shadow has been abducted and watches as his golden light fades into the distant sky.

"The Beguiling Man"Edit

Physical appearance Edit

The Jinn is first described as unshaven with dark lips and wearing a "thick, dust-colored sweater, and black plastic sunglasses." When his sunglasses are removed, his eyes are burning flames.

Gallery Edit

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Pictures

Note: The pictures are shown in episodic order. To see the order of the episodes, please visit the Episode guide.


  • The Jinn American Gods season 1
  • The Jinn & Salim American Gods season 1

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American Gods - The Jinn - Season 2

American Gods - The Jinn - Season 2

Jinn - Season 1

Jinn - Season 1

Notes and trivia Edit

  • The Jinn is an ifrit, a supernatural creature in Middle Eastern mythology. According to Arab mythology, there are angels, there are humans (whom Allah made from mud), and then there are jinn (whom Allah made from smokeless fire), the people of fire.
  • The Lost City of Ubar, also known as The Lost City of Towers.
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