The preeminent source of jinn-lore is One Thousand and One Nights (aka Arabian Nights), a collection of tales from Arabic, Persian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian traditions. The evolving collection has stories of characters we know today, like Aladdin and Sinbad.⠀
Though jinn are normally thought of spirits of the desert, some types have been found lurking in the forest too. In the forests of Yemen, one might come across the nisnas or nasnas, a jinn that resembles a man split in half. Reportedly, their flesh tastes sweet.
Al-Qit al-Aswad (Black Cat) is a jinn, best known for helping sorcerers, who summon him to use his many powers. He gives visions and future-telling dreams, reveals secret knowledge, and protects people from attacks and harmful energies.⠀
Iblis is the Satan of the Qur’an. He’s the jinn who refused to bow to Adam and thus was cast out of heaven. However, he’s not an opponent to God, he was banished for his disdain for humanity. He has seven hairs on his chin and is blind in one eye. He has a penis on the inner side of his right thigh and the vulva on the other side, and produces his offspring by simply opening and closing his legs together. This is the reason there are so many shayatin (malevolent jinn).
Al-Ahmar aka The Red One, is the jinn king of Mars, the day Tuesday, the color red, and the metal copper. He’s depicted in multiple ways, but he always has sword in his hand to commit extreme acts of violence. He’s monitored by the angel Samsama’il. ⠀