“Saudi family sues genie, alleges harassment”

by Walter Olson on July 13, 2009

CNN: “The lawsuit filed in Shariah court accuses the genie of leaving them threatening voicemails, stealing their cell phones and hurling rocks at them when they leave their house at night, said Al-Watan newspaper.” If they think the genie is harassing them now, wait till it gets a lawyer….

P.S. Above the Law: “The article doesn’t mention damages sought, but we hope it’s three wishes.” “Will the genie appear when summoned?” (@susanwake). “Good luck getting service. Is Robin Williams or Barbara Eden the registered agent?” (@JerseyTodd). And more details on the case from Lowering the Bar.


1 Bill Poser 07.13.09 at 3:40 pm

How do the Saudi courts effect service on genies?

2 BGP 07.13.09 at 3:52 pm

Maybe service is not required. I’m more inerested in the question of what remedy are they seeking?

3 Robert 07.13.09 at 5:13 pm

They never should have rubbed that lamp in the first place.

4 John Burgess 07.13.09 at 6:48 pm

And if they win, how are they going to collect?

Bill Poser: Your question is one that reasonable Saudis are asking as well.

Out of the Bottle

Genies and the Saudi Courts: Part II

5 rosebud 07.14.09 at 12:31 pm

Of course, their attorney would get one of those wishes right off the top.

6 Farside 07.14.09 at 2:06 pm

I believe the proper Arabic word for genie is Jinn.
For a humorous and accurate post on the Jinn of Islam, visit
The Jinn of Islam posses some amazing attributes.
Kind Regards,

7 Bill Poser 07.14.09 at 2:35 pm

If the genies are determined to be male, will they also be charged criminally for khulwa? And how do you flog a genie?

8 A.W. 07.15.09 at 2:25 pm

Barbara Eden could not be reached for comment.

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