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Pl. afarit. Rebellious and wicked spirit, although some afarit are believed to be helpful. Mentioned in the Quran and hadith in the context of jinn, particularly rebellious ones. The term was popularized in folklore such as Alf laylat wa'l-laylah (The thousand and one nights). Afarit are male and female and may be believers or nonbelievers; they may marry humans but usually marry among themselves. If the term is used to refer to animals and humans, it connotes shrewdness, strength, and resourcefulness.

Subjects: Islam.

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