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Hailed by Doris Lessing, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, as ‘a seminal book of the century’, The Sufis is the most important modern book on Sufism. Eschewing a purely academic approach, Shah provides an overview of Sufi concepts – and explains that Sufism predates Islam and Christianity and should not be equated with any particular culture or phase of a culture. Special offer available from ISF Direct.
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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.
The Tale of the Sands from Tales of the Dervishes
Although enormously attractive as sheer entertainment, Dervish tales were never presented merely on the level of a fable, legend or folklore. They stand in 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 terms exist to describe them. The material in Tales of the Dervishes is the result of a thousand years of development, during which Dervish masters used these and other teaching stories to instruct their disciples. The tales are held to convey powers of increasing perception unknown to the ordinary man.
‘For every decade we live, we will find another meaning in each story’ – Desmond Morris, BBC The World of Books
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