When I spoke with Aaron Vlek about her novel, Jinn Theory I thought this has to go in the Sufi Book Store . So I’ve created a whole new category for novels and Jinn Theory is a worthy first to go on the virtual book shelf! Here is an excerpt from the description on the back cover:
“Rafiq is quite satisfied with himself. As the proprietor of a small but eclectic antique shop in Istanbul he entertains a colorful mix of neighbors on a small dead-end street. Rafiq smugly believes he has these people all figured out: The old baker whose family has now abandoned him, the sophisticated snob who parades in and proceeds to insult him and everything in his shop, the Sufi who’s trying to save his soul, and then there are those fundamentalists at the end of the street who run the small mosque. When all these lives start unraveling, it is Rafiq who finds himself at the heart of a growing maelstrom which threatens to destroy his peaceful solitude and morning reveries in the garden in back of his shop. Then there’s that old coin that shows up in his shoe, a trumpet that just won’t stay put, and the unexpected arrival of an old friend in the middle of the night. But what’s most troubling for Rafiq is the appearance of the Jinn who is at the heart of it all.”
Vlek pursues her own spiritual journey after converting to Islam 35 years ago. This journey has taken her through a degree in Islamic history and has been inspired by the mystical saints of Islam. Her knowledge and experience find form in this atmospheric novel located in the marvellous city of Istanbul and populated by fabulous jinn. Click here or on the image to read more reviews of the novel and details of Vlek’s spiritual path.