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Shah, Idries 1924-1996

Works: 406 works in 1,895 publications in 16 languages and 25,500 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Juvenile works  Folklore  Parables  History  Literature  Festschriften  Fairy tales  Legends  Historical fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Creator, Translator, Adapter, Honoree, Other, Contributor, Compiler, Speaker
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The Sufis by Idries Shah( Book )

124 editions published between 1964 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 1,998 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A unique and little-known religion, Sufism follows a mystical teaching and a way of life that has had an enormous though largely unrecognized impact on both the East and West for four thousand years. This authoritative book fills a colossal gap in Western documentation of Eastern subjects
The way of the Sufi by Idries Shah( Book )

81 editions published between 1968 and 2019 in English and held by 1,452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Way of the Sufi presents an unparalleled cross-section of material from Sufi schools, teachings and classical writings, as a basic course of Sufi study. The author begins with the outward aspects of the teaching most likely to puzzle the student coming fresh to the subject. He considers various attitudes to Sufi ideas, and evidence of their absorption into medieval Christianity, Hinduism, Jewish mysticism and modern philosophical teachings. The greater part of the book illuminates aspects of Sufi activity and practice relevant to the contemporary world
Caravan of dreams by Idries Shah( Book )

47 editions published between 1968 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 869 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of extracts, translations, thoughts, and teachings of the Middle East and Central Asia
Wisdom of the Idiots by Idries Shah( Book )

45 editions published between 1969 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 868 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tales from the Sufi tradition, illustrating Sufi philosophy and ways of thinking
World tales : the extraordinary coincidence of stories told in all times, in all places by IDRIES SHAH( Book )

19 editions published between 1979 and 2018 in English and held by 862 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An illustrated collection of 65 folktales, each with an introduction outlining the appearance of the tale in various cultures
The pleasantries of the incredible Mulla Nasrudin by Idries Shah( Book )

53 editions published between 1968 and 2018 in English and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The appeal of Nasrudin is as universal and timeless as the truths he illustrates. His stories are read by children, by scientists and scholars, and by followers of philosophy. Idries Shah assembled this collection of Nasrudin's trials and tribulations from ancient manuscripts and oral literature, from sources in North Africa and Turkey, the Middle East and Central Asia. Many were known to the great Sufi masters, Rumi, Jami, and Attar the chemist
Kara Kush : a novel by Idries Shah( Book )

18 editions published between 1986 and 2019 in 6 languages and held by 706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A riveting and fast-paced novel in which "Kara Kush"--Or "The Eagle," as the Afghan-born, American-schooled, Adam Durany becomes known-returns to his homeland to lead his people against the Soviet atrocities and communist infiltration that threaten to annihilate his country and its dreams of modernization. Adam, convinced that a resistance movement is imperative, rallies his followers, the ill-equipped patriots, to fight back
Thinkers of the East by Idries Shah( Book )

51 editions published between 1074 and 2018 in English and held by 705 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thinkers of the East is a collection of anecdotes and 'parables in action' illustrating the eminently practical and lucid approach of Eastern Dervish teachers. Distilled from the teachings of more than one hundred sages in three continents, this material stresses the experimental rather than the theoretical - and it is that characteristic of Sufi study that provides its impact and vitality. The emphasis of Thinkers of the East contrasts sharply with the Western concept of the East as a place of theory without practice, or thought without action. The book's author, Idries Shah, says 'Without direct experience of such teaching, or at least a direct recording of it, I cannot see how Eastern thought can ever be understood'
Learning how to learn : psychology and spirituality in the Sufi way by Idries Shah( Book )

29 editions published between 1978 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 697 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In response to the many inquiries he has received about the Sufi tradition from people from all walks of life, leading Sufi expert Idries Shah presents a clarifying series of questions and answers that illustrates how traditional Sufi concepts can resolve our social, psychological, and spiritual problems
Tales of the dervishes : teaching-stories of the Sufi masters over the past thousand years by Idries Shah( Book )

30 editions published between 1967 and 1993 in English and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although enormously attractive as sheer entertainment, dervish tales are never presented merely on the level of fable, legend or folklore. They stand comparison in wit, construction and piquancy with the finest stories of any culture, yet their true function as Sufi teaching-stories is so little known in the modern world that no technical or popular term exists to describe them. For centuries, dervish masters have instructed their disciples by means of these tales, which are held to contain powers of increasing perception unknown to the ordinary man. Some tales are meant to be told only to people who have received a certain mystical preparation; some are deliberately restricted in their currency to people of certain cultural traditions. Idries Shah spent many years travelling three continents to collect and compare oral versions of these remarkable stories. In one form or another, many of them have found their way into the literary traditions of both East and West. His anthology, presented in the dervish manner, contains stories drawn from the repertoires of dervish masters over a period of more than a thousand years
The clever boy and the terrible, dangerous animal by Idries Shah( Book )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Sufi teaching tale of a boy who visits another village and helps the townspeople deal with their fear of something that they have mistaken for a terrible, dangerous animal
The silly chicken by Idries Shah( Book )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Sufi teaching tale of a chicken that has learned to speak as people do and spreads an alarming warning, which causes the townspeople panic without first considering the messenger
Sufi studies: East and West; a symposium in honor of Idries Shah's services to Sufi studies by twenty-four contributors marking the 700th anniversary of the death of Jalaluddin Rumi (A.D. 1207-1273) by Laurence Frederic Rushbrook Williams( Book )

12 editions published between 1973 and 1974 in English and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oriental magic by Idries Shah( Book )

63 editions published between 1956 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oriental Magic is recognized as a brilliant study of how, what and why people think, in territories extending from North Africa to Japan. Profusely illustrated, the book is the product of years of research and field-work in a dozen different cultural regions. Its scholarly accuracy and genuine contribution to cultural understanding have made it a key text for anyone interested in informal beliefs, and esoteric practices. The work includes material on Indian alchemy, the Arabian Abjad system, on divination and talismanic charms, and it even contains an ancient Brahmin spell for immortality
The magic monastery : analogical and action philosophy of the Middle East and Central Asia by Idries Shah( Book )

43 editions published between 1971 and 2017 in English and Spanish and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The exploits of the incomparable Mulla Nasrudin by Idries Shah( Book )

33 editions published between 1966 and 2018 in English and Russian and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected stories about a popular figure in the folklore of many Asian and European countries
The lion who saw himself in the water by Idries Shah( Book )

24 editions published between 1998 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As he gapes and growls at his ferocious reflection in a pool of water as shiny as a mirror, a terrified lion grows desperately thirsty
The dermis probe by Idries Shah( Book )

29 editions published between 1970 and 2019 in English and French and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A serious, yet entertaining, look at the impediments in current thought which prevent certain forms of understanding between people. The title story was made into an award-winning film with script by Idries Shah, and chosen as an Outstanding Film of the Year. The Dermis Probe comprises a collection of extracts from the written and oral tradition of Eastern thinkers. In his preface, Shah notes, 'In this book you can find illustrated some of the peculiarities of thought in the country which is today's world, seen by its inhabitants and by those who call themselves visitors. '
The boy without a name by Idries Shah( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Sufi teaching tale of a boy without a name who visits a wise man and acquires both a name and a wonderful dream
The commanding self by Idries Shah( Book )

20 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'The Commanding Self, ' in Sufic terminology, is that mixture of primitive and conditioned responses, common to everyone, which inhibits and distorts human progress and understanding. This book, while complete in itself as an anthology of hitherto unpublished work, serves to illustrate and amplify Idries Shah's preceding twenty and more books on the Sufi Way
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The Sufis
The way of the SufiCaravan of dreamsWisdom of the IdiotsWorld tales : the extraordinary coincidence of stories told in all times, in all placesThe pleasantries of the incredible Mulla NasrudinKara Kush : a novelThinkers of the EastLearning how to learn : psychology and spirituality in the Sufi way
Alternative Names

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Hashimi Idries Shah

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Ίντρις Σαχ

Идрис Шах

Идрис Шах 1924-1996

Шах Идрис

Шах, Идрис 1924-1996

Шах Идрис Сейид

Шах Ідріс

Шоҳ, Идрис

Ідріс Шах

אידריס שאה סופר בריטי ומורה סופי

إدريس شاه

إدريس شاه، 1924-1996

ادریس شاه نویسنده و محقق در ‏زمینهٔ تصوف

ইদ্রিছ শাহ

ਇਦਰੀਸ ਸ਼ਾਹ

샤, 아이드리스 1924-1996

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