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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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1611, 2017

Interview

Yahia Lababidi is a poet and aphorist of Egyptian-American heritage; he is the author of seven critically acclaimed books including Where Epics Fail, his most recent book of aphorisms https://unbound.com/books/where-epics-fail [...]

1311, 2017

Where an idea came from

When I first started to read the books of Idries Shah, about thirty years ago, I hoped they would help me figure out how to live a better life. His work was much admired [...]

911, 2017

On Real Maple Syrup…

  ... and My Interest in the Sufi Writing of Idries Shah Someone asked me about how I became interested in the Sufi writing of Idries Shah, back in the 1970s.  Here’s what I wrote: [...]