I-SHAH-1Idries Shah devoted his life to collecting, selecting and translating key works of Eastern Sufi classical literature, adapting them to the needs of the West and disseminating them in the Occident.

Called by some ‘practical philosophy’, by others ‘templates in straight thinking’ – these works represent centuries of Sufi thought aimed at the development of human potential to its fullest extent.

They stress virtues such as common sense, clear-thinking and humour to counter cant and religious dogma.

As such they may be viewed as an antidote to radicalism and fanaticism much needed in the world today.

The Idries Shah Foundation exists to make sure that these works remain available to the public – both in the East and in the West.

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610, 2015

Idries Shah Books Now Available In American Editions

We have been working hard at releasing Idries Shah’s entire corpus in American print and eBook editions for the first time.

Over the next five years, our special editorial team will be working on transferring Idries […]

2909, 2015

Idries Shah Audiobooks

The ISF team is immensely pleased to announce that the first of Idries Shah’s titles are now available as audio books. We searched long and hard to find someone with a clear, warm, neutral voice.

The […]

2109, 2015

The ISF Collector’s Library Announces the Release of Limited Edition World Tales Books

We are extremely happy to announce the release of the first title in the ISF Collector’s Library. This edition of WORLD TALES, divided into five small numbered hardback volumes, is limited to just 500 sets, […]