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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Shaitan in Modern Novels

The name Shai'tan was used in Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series as a forbidden name for the Dark One (the primary source of evil in the series). Utterance of the name Shai'tan usually brought bad luck and tragedy to those around the speaker by "Drawing the Dark One's attention". An alternate name used for the Dark One in Jordan's books was Ba'alzamon, which was safe to speak aloud.

In Frank Herbert's Dune novels, which includes in their universe a religion descended in part from Islam, Shaitan is often used by the followers of that religion to refer to the sandworms of planet Arrakis.

In the novel The Satanic Verses, Shaitan (in multiple spellings) is a main character.
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