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Anyone who has read “The Arabian Nights” attentively must have realized that the genies − those scary-looking but diligent demons that fulfill the wishes of the stories’ protagonists ‏(as in the case of the genie of the lamp, or ring, of Ala ad-Din, who is mistakenly called “Aladdin,” the most famous of all these creatures‏) − are automatons, or complete clods....