Open main menu

Marid (Arabic: ماردmārid) is an Arabic word meaning rebellious, which is sometimes applied to supernatural beings.


In Arabic sourcesEdit

The word mārid is an active participle of the root m-r-d (مرد), whose primary meaning is recalcitrant, rebellious. Lisān al-`arab, the encyclopedic dictionary of classical Arabic compiled by Ibn Manzur, reports only forms of this general meaning.[1] It is found as an attribute of evil spirits in the Qur'an (aṣ-Ṣāffāt, 37:7), which speaks of a "safeguard against every rebellious devil" (شَيْطَانٍ مَارِدٍ, shaitān mārid).

The Wehr-Cowan dictionary of modern written Arabic also gives secondary meanings of demon and giant.[2] Lane's Arabic-English Lexicon cites a source where it "is said to be applied to an evil jinnee of the most powerful class",[3] but this distinction is not universal. For example, in the standard MacNaghten edition of One Thousand and One Nights one finds the words marid and ifrit used interchangeably (e.g., in The Story of the Fisherman).[4]

A mārid is explicitly mentioned in Sirat Sayf ibn Dhi-Yazan. Accordingly Sayf demands from the marid to lead him to Solomons hoard. But following his nature, the demon does the exact oppisite of that he was commanded. Later he learned from Khidr, he must command the opposite of that he desires him to do.[5]

In modern fantasy genresEdit

In Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Sequence novel series, marids are the most powerful type of demons summoned by magicians.[6]

In the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop game, marids are genies from the Elemental Plane of Water.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Ibn Manzur. "Lisan al-`arab (entry for m-r-d)". p. 5376.
  2. ^ Wehr, Hans; Cowan, J.M. A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (3rd ed.). Ithaca, N.Y.: Spoken Language Services. p. 903.
  3. ^ Lane, Edward William. "An Arabic-English Lexicon: Derived from the best and the most copious Eastern sources". Archived from the original on 8 April 2015.
  4. ^ Mac Naghten, Sir William Hay, ed. (1839). Alif Laila (in Arabic). 1. Calcutta: W. Thacker and Co. p. 20.
  5. ^ Tobias Nünlist Dämonenglaube im Islam Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG, 2015 ISBN 978-3-110-33168-4 p. 100 (German)
  6. ^ Stroud, Jonathan (2004). The Amulet of Samarkand. The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1 (Reprint ed.). Disney-Hyperion. p. 36.