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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Their followers need the guru as much as the guru needs his followers.

Bennett once said to me, ‘There are different styles in the work. You can eat the peach and taste a further delight Peter Wilson wrote that if Shah had been a swindler, he had been an “extremely gifted one”, because unlike merely commercial writers, he had taken the time to produce an elaborate and internally iddies system that attracted a “whole range of more or less eminent people”, and had “provoked and stimulated idried in many diverse quarters”.

It has changed the way I look out from the ‘prison bars,’ containing within itself, a myriad twinkling stars, ready to shine, a millimetre further, at each reading. In the end, I’m compelled to concede that I still can’t find the words to do this work, The Sufis, anything like the justice that it so richly deserves, and can offer no better advice than to read and re-read the book yourself, and other books in the corpus.

Idries Shah died in London on 23 Novemberat the age of 72 and was buried in Brookwood Cemetery.

If the Trafalgar square jumpers had an objective view of their behavior, they would abandon it. Outside of those, as mu The book review has it wrong.

The Sufi Tradition

Hsah didn’t need to — because, given the right conditions, the stories activated, sowing themselves. Shah described this as “the Sufi approach” to education. I must tell you that I have not renounced the Eastern technique of pretending to be interested in what another person is saying, even pretending to be on his side.


Sufis believe that, expressed in one way, humanity is evolving towards a certain destiny. Shah’s book, written at the urging of his friend Robert Graves, was published in and attracted both much interest on the part of open minded and sha readers and opposition from a small number of Orientalist scholars who had missed the important content in Sufism during their studies.

Sufism: ‘a natural antidote to fanaticism’

They want to swap secrets. Until recently I wouldn’t have dared speak about this, but I now have a clipping indicating that when a person endures a shock he produces Theta rhythms. 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. Claudio Naranjoa Chilean psychiatrist who was teaching in California in the late s, says that, after being “disappointed in the extent dhah which Gurdjieff’s school suis a living lineage”, he had turned towards Sufism and had “become part of a group under the guidance of Idries Shah.

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The attempt to know the self becomes a concept that begins to make it possible to strip away the institutionalization of religion in an effort towards realization, but it is only the first step, Shah would say. He incorporates much of this throughout the book, in his communication of alchemical ideas around numerology and linguistics, and ideas concerning psychology and philosophy and his emphasis on parables and stories.

Sher Point Publications, UK. A book that has changed the way, the world looks at the world.

The Sufis by Idries Shah

I do not recommend this book or this author anymore. At the very best, he keeps people quiet and polarized around him and gives some sort of meaning to their lives. Why should I care about the world,” you begin to see alternative ways of acting. It’s also not a pure philosophical or theological treatise. Shah himself according to Hayter later described the Blackwood’s Magazine article as “trawling”. A compulsive cookie baker may bake very bad cookies.

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His early writings centred on magic and witchcraft. Of course there is much more to ‘The Sufis than the above.

Langton House at Langton Green became a place of gathering and discussion for poets, philosophers and statesmen from around the world, and an established part of the literary scene of the time. syfis

Idries Shah – Wikipedia

Retrieved 27 September Idriew that had more or less been banished as unknowable, or to the dustbin of someone else’s, fevered imagination.

Sirdar Ikbal Ali Shah [m.

That story is intended to pinpoint this failure to use available knowledge. Why, once I rose at dawn and went for a walk. Their ancestral home was near the Paghman Gardens of Kabul.

Important sufis like Rumi,Ibn el Arabi,Saadi of Shiraz, Ghazali, Khayyam and many others are presented Shah also stresses the necessity for the seeker to find a guide. In Afghanistan, the Kabul Times said that Caravan of Dreams was “highly recommended” and “of especial interest to Afghans” because it is “basically an anthology of short stories, tales and proverbs, jokes and extracts, from the written and oral literature which forms a part of many an evening’s talk and interchange — even in these modern times — in Afghanistan.

He emphasizes this point repeatedly throughout the book.