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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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1610, 2017

The Influence of Idries Shah

Shah’s influence on my Guadameci leatherwork By Jorge Centofanti Having left Argentina in 1968, I hoped to steer my life away from intellectual activities – such as poetry and journalism – and to work with [...]

510, 2017

Attention-theory and Idries Shah

In his groundbreaking BBC documentary One Pair of Eyes[1], Idries Shah says, “An excitable person - give him a lot of attention and his views will become less pronounced… He may become a much calmer, [...]

3009, 2017

Understanding Cults and Cult Thinking

The contribution of Idries Shah to the understanding of cults and cult thinking Until Idries Shah began writing on the subject, the word ‘cult’ tended to refer to a religious sect that was usually eccentric [...]