Hand-Printed Idries Shah Teaching-Stories
Next year 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.
Once upon a time – in 1979 to be exact – Idries Shah published a remarkable volume of 65 stories, entitled World Tales. He had collected them from around the world – some from ancient sources, others from contemporary ones. Yet they all shared one common factor: in each case, the tale could be found in similar forms in disparate cultures that appeared to have no connection with one another. One story, for example, was popular in Scotland and also pre-Columbian America simultaneously. ‘One feels a truly living element in them which is startlingly evident when one isolates the “basic” stories; the ones which tend to have travelled farthest,’ wrote Shah. Today’s story is drawn from this timeless collection. Read it, pass it on – and become a part of its journey. Who knows where it will travel next?
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