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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 counteract religious (and any other) 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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1602, 2018

The Sirdar Ikbal Ali Shah

by Professor L.F. Rushbrook Williams* Sirdar Ikbal Ali Shah, the father of Idries Shah, belonged to a family of Muswi Saiyids directly descended from Ali Musa Raza, the eighth Imam, and thus from the Prophet [...]

1402, 2018

Experience, Behaviour, and Doctrine…

... in the Quest of Man by Professor Rom Landau * Sufism is probably the most difficult subject to write about, and I feel that it is virtually impertinent of me to write about one [...]

1202, 2018

Dervish Tales

by Professor James Kritzeck* No one seems to be able to establish conclusively an etymology for the word dervish, which is exactly as it should be, since dervishes have always cloaked [...]