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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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1606, 2016

The Global Sufi

On the birth anniversary of Rumi, here’s looking at this Muslim mystic’s reception on Western shores. I am no Christian, no Jew, no Magician, no Musulman,/Not of the east, Not of the west, not of [...]

1406, 2016

In praise of patience

Patience is a garment which has never worn out. (Akhlaq-i- Mohsini) In the Gardens of Babur in the Afghan city of Kabul stands a tree. It is now a bullet-riddled trunk in a garden originally [...]

1305, 2016

The forgotten mystics of the Hindu Kush

Sufism has shaped Afghan society and politics for much of the country's history. Today, very few are aware of this legacy. Might the Sufis now provide an important contribution to the stability of the country? [...]