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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2010, 2015

ISF October 2015 Event

Many thanks to everyone who was able to attend our London event last week. What a great evening! Lovely atmosphere, lovely people old and new. It was a pleasure to see everyone. If you were [...]

1310, 2015

Idries Shah Titles Available To Read Online Free Of Charge

As the new editions are launched, we will be making them available to be read for free on the site, using PageFlip. If you haven’t already tried it out, have a look here. This means [...]

1010, 2015

A Request For Online Book Reviews Of Idries Shah Titles

The Idries Shah Foundation is hugely grateful to anyone who can spare a few moments to review Shah’s newly published editions on Amazon, Goodreads, and other social media. There’s no pressure to write lengthy reviews – [...]