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The Sufis [Idries Shah] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. When it first appeared in , The Sufis was welcomed as the decisive work on . Fifty years ago this autumn, Idries Shah published The Sufis, with an introduction by Robert Graves. The Washington Post declared it “a. This work offers coverage of the spiritual and psychological tradition of Sufism. It shows that Sufism is not the preserve of ecstatic religionists, but has a.

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Apr 17, Aubrey Davis rated it it was amazing. The idea of the guide in current forms of Sufism stretches back as a spiritual lineage to the Prophet Mohammad s.

One Mongol said do not kills this man, I will give a thousand pieces of silver as a ransom for him. Sufism in Europe and North America. He is perhaps best known for his collections of humorous Mulla Nasrudin stories. The Diffusion of Sufi Ideas in the West. Tahir Shah mentions his father’s storytelling at several points throughout his book In Arabian Nightsfirst to discuss how Idries Shah made use of teaching stories: To truly progress, a living teacher is required as guide on the path.

The main purpose of my books on magic was to make this material available to the general reader.

He used to say that the great collections of stories from the East were like encyclopedias, storehouses of suufis and knowledge ready to be studied, to be appreciated and cherished. Their ancestral home was near ifries Paghman Gardens of Kabul. Therefore, I am able to draw out gurus and get them to commit themselves to an extent that a Westerner, because of his conscience, could not do.

Shah states on p. Shah went on to say that his books on the subject were not written for the current devotees of magic and witchcraft, and that in fact he subsequently had to avoid them, as they would only be disappointed in what he had to say.


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Published February 5th by Anchor first published If the Sufi essence is untranslatable into book form, it naturally remains so, but Idries Shah, by ‘playing’ with the reader, and ‘scattering’ his points of information, has sucis given the reader an inkling of Sufi ‘experience’. Before we go any farther, we’d better get down to basics and ask the obvious question.

Chicago and Idies Salle, IL: I remember reading it in university, when I was in the firm grip of western analytic philosophy. There are wonderful parts of this book, but there are also a good number of parts in this book where my eyes glazed over idriea little bit especially the many parts where the numerical values and many many definitions of words were laid Iddies was really excited to read this book when I first got it.

What might help assuage my nerves associated with that study would be copying it out into another notebook, as those green and pastel notebooks make me tremble and my heart beat faster. At heart he is a washerwomen. Their followers need the guru as much as the guru needs his followers.

You can’t predict it at all. Shah is an esteemed author and a Sufi.

Idries Shah

Octagon Press Ltd Amazon. But Shah’s way is to treat the work as a joke. We say that a spiritual shzh must be a person who can be totally balanced, not one who cannot help but be balanced.

Order by newest oldest recommendations. Towards the end of the s, Shah established contact with Wiccan circles in London and then acted as a secretary and companion to Gerald Gardnerthe founder of modern Wicca, for some time. Within its covers Shah introduces the reader to Sufism, which some take to mean ‘Islamic mysticism’ yet the author opines, that while many of its leading lights have been members of the Muslim faith, metaphysics actually precedes r Shah’s first book, now 50 years old and republished, new jacket, new font, available as a PoD, and soon to be issued as an ebook.


Quite a few people that I know talk about Indries Shah and his writing. Peter Wilson, writing in New Trends and Developments in the World of Islamquotes another such story, featuring a dervish who is asked to describe the qualities of his teacher, Alim. East and West, edited by Professor L. So the first purpose was information. The biggest stumbling block in this book for me, however, is this: These things don’t interest me; they are only by-products of my running.

Shah also organised Sufi study groups in the Irries States. He can say, “Why do I believe this? The ecstatic experience is certainly not required.

The Sufi Tradition

Eufis I have told a lie, hang me! So, let me say this: Spiritual exercises are allowed only at a certain time and a certain place and with certain people. New paperback and ebook editions of the work were published that year by the newly-formed ISF Publishing, in association with The Idries Shah Foundationto coincide with that event.

Jan 24, Dan Sperling rated it it was amazing. The human being’s organism is producing a new complex of organs in response to such a need.

Bortoft’s The Wholeness of Nature: There is a Sufi story about a man who went into a shop and asked the shopkeeper, “Do you have leather? Nasrudin was throwing handfuls of crumbs around his house. Recent studies of memory indicate that unless adrenalin is sufks, no learning takes place, and shock causes adrenalin to flow.

The most obvious question of all is for us the most difficult question. It is for us to show people again how the game is played. Institute for Cultural Research.