Books by Bloggers– Master of the Jinn

 Author Irving Karchmar is Master of his Craft

What can I say that hasn’t already been said about Master of the Jinn?  All I can do is repeat that this is a most extraordinary work of art, full of action, suspense, well-crafted plot development, and complex characterizations.

As if these qualities were not sufficient to guarantee a deeply satisfying reading experience, the book also accesses timeless themes of spiritual teaching and religious history, all wrapped up in modern language, and narrated by a main character who speaks to the reader in the reader’s own language—- literally as well as figuratively. The book has been or will be published in eight other languages by the end of 2009, insha’Allah.

I might not have discovered this book except that author Irving Karchmar’s blog Darvish,,  attracted me, on several levels. His poetic writing style, combined with an earthy humility, charmed me as it revealed nuggets of Sufi wisdom within the context of  each post.  I found myself checking in with Darvish regularly.


This is not a book to read with a calm, contemplative spirit, at least not the first time around. It’s too exciting.  I literally could not put it down except by an act of will.  I won’t tell you who is  master of the jinn, but I will tell you that Irving Karchmar is master of his craft.



About Marahm

At first glance, I may appear to be a middle-aged American woman with kids, grandkids, retired from a job in a hospital, gratefully relieved from the responsibilities that come with all of that. Behind the image, which is true enough, I am fairly unhinged from much of American mainstream living, having spent twelve years in Saudi Arabia, years that sprung me from societal and familial impositions, and narrow bands of truth. I have learned to embrace my identity as a seeker, an artist, and a writer. I study Arabic and Italian language, because I love them, and I love their people. I still dream of spending more time in the Middle East and Italy, though the dreaming now seems more real than the possibilities. I am a photographer. I write, and sometimes publish, flash memoir, and now a blog or two.
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6 Responses to Books by Bloggers– Master of the Jinn

  1. Solace says:


    The author of this book, Irving Karchmar, was recently giving e-versions of his book away for free and I was one of the lucky ones to get a copy. I haven’t started it yet but I can’t wait. Your review makes me even more excited!!!

    Was salaam

  2. Shahrzad says:

    Nice, i read this book and liked it so much. One of my favorites. 🙂

  3. Pingback: New Book Review of Master of the Jinn « Darvish

  4. Barbara says:

    I have read and re-read Master of the Jinn maybe 5-6 times now going over it with a fine tooth comb, and every time I read it, something new comes to light…and I can guarantee you alhumdillah, the Spanish version will be just as beautiful of a read once it’s published!

  5. Abdur Rahman says:

    Salaams Marahm,

    Ma sha Allah! A beautiful blog to be sure. May Allah bless you in it and through it.

    Brother Irving’s work is absolutely beautiful. Allah!

    Abdur Rahman

  6. Marahm says:

    Thank you, Friends, for your comments, compliments, and additional endoresments of Irving’s book.

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