Hand-Printed Idries Shah Teaching-Stories
2024 is the centenary of Idries Shah’s birth. To celebrate, we’re excited to announce the creation of 500 hand-printed and individually-numbered folios of Idries Shah’s best-loved teaching-stories. Exquisitely illustrated, each story is housed in a handsomely-embossed clamshell box. This is a unique opportunity to own a collectors’ item of a once-in-a-generation impression of unsurpassed quality.
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All Idries Shah titles are available in hardback, paperback, ebook and as audio books. Recent new editions include a selection of illustrated teaching stories for children and The Idries Shah Anthology. Shah’s ground-breaking works on Sufi Studies and Traditional Psychology, including The Commanding Self, can be purchased as bundles.
When to Do What from The Subtleties of the Inimitable Mulla Nasrudin
The appeal of Nasrudin is as universal and timeless as the truths he illustrates. His stories are read, enjoyed and shared by children, scientists, scholars and followers of philosophy the world over. Idries Shah assembled perhaps the largest collection of Nasrudin’s trials and tribulations from sources across North Africa, Turkey, the Middle East and Central Asia. Gradually, these are being absorbed into Western culture. Some are no longer identified as Nasrudin stories at all!
Today’s story is taken from one of Shah’s four collections of infectious Nasrudin stories. ‘The Sufis, who believe that deep intuition is the only real guide to knowledge, use these stories almost like exercises,’ wrote Shah. ‘But [they] concur… that everyone can do with the Nasrudin tales what people have done through the centuries – enjoy them.’
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