Butler, Octavia E. Lilith's Brood. New York: Aspect/Warner, 2000. Print.
"Jinn." Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. London: Chambers Harrap, 2009. Credo Reference. Web. 26 March 2012
This site gives a lot of background of the Jinn and how humans are said to have treated them within their existence. It also is a valuable source of information relating it to a broader form of mythology within the Arab context.
“Jinn – Crystalinks.” Crystalinks Home Page. Web. 27 Mar. 2012. <http://www.crystalinks.com/jinn.html>.
This citation describes the presence of the Qur’an in relation to human/jinn similarities. This helps with the comparison of what Jodahs means to humans and the Oankali both because of these faith based ideas.
“Judas Iscariot” CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA:. Web. 01. Apr. 2012. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08539a.htm.
If Judahs is a character representing faith, then it is necessary to divuldge the meaning of his namesake, Judas Iscariot, within its biblical context.
“Mattaqun OnLine – Jinn: According to Quran and Sunnah.” Islam, Mattaqun OnLine Home. Web. 01 Apr. 2012. <http://mattaqun.com/jinn.html>.
Here I found a large number of references within specific parts of the Qur’an that show the Jinn folklore, which I believe will help with furthering my exploration into the idea of a faith based dimension of Jodahs’ presence.
“Yavari, Neguin. “Jinn.” Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender. Ed. Fedwa MaltiDouglas. Vol. 3. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007. 809-811. Web.
This focuses on the sexual relations and gender interpretations of the Jinn. Also, there is a quote presenting the difference between humans and Jinn and their use of representative mediums and how that relates to the similarities (and differences) between humans and Jinn.
2. Jodahs’ is a highly faith-based character which is a reflection of the evolution of constructs into a human state, and furthermore the failure of correcting the “human condition”.
2a. By discussing the similarities between Jodahs and the Jinn folklore, we can discuss the connections that makes with the Qur’an and it’s view of the Jinn. After seeing the connections here, I then would like to connect the faith argument with the links of Jodahs’ name to Judas Iscariot within the Biblical context and what that means of him as a human born ooloi construct and as the correction of the “human condition”.
2b. The benefit of considering this argument is the context of Jodahs’ character and a better understanding of the ending of the novel. By seeing Jodahs as a figure of faith we see him in a much more human light because the ooloi have no use for faith. Also, by connecting Jodahs to Judas it brings the novel full circle to Lilith who was the novel’s initial “Judas”. It also influences the view point of the idea that Judahs is the intended solution to the “human contradiction” as a whole.
3. Because Butler is so influenced by Herman Melville, it is hard to overlook the similarities of their naming processes. “Call me Ishmael.”(Melville, 1): one of the most famous lines within literary work. This too is an influential name within Biblical terms. Because Ishmael’s name is significant within the terms of Moby Dick and Butler is so influenced by Melville, the names and Biblical implications of such within Lilith’s Brood must also be of significance.
4. While revising my earlier essay I am going to remove some of the discussion of the Roman material of the Jinn folklore and focus more on the Arabic folklore. The Arabic folklore has the connection with the Qur’an where the Roman folklore is extraneous and doesn’t further the religious argument. I also plan on cutting down on some of the discussion of the similarities between Jinn and Jodahs (such as the discussion of sexual relations) in order to focus more on the implications of his name and what the religious aspects of his character does for the overall understanding of his part in the novel. The paragraphs involving the aesthetic evolution of the construct children will stay because it is helpful in the discussion as Jodahs as a final evolution into a human character and why that connects him to his failure as a solution to the “human contradiction”. While the sections on sexual relationships are interesting and humorous they simply need to serve the purpose of showing the relationship between the Jinn and Jodahs to prove its relevance to the conversation.