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Changing the way we view ourselves and the world one story at a time...

ISF is devoted to championing a sense of imagination, and to teaching stories – the kind of which are contained in the large published corpus of the writer and thinker, Idries Shah.

 

Engaged in a wide range of charitable projects on a world-wide basis, the Foundation seeks to stimulate the minds of both young and old by regarding the world in new ways.

 

In collaboration with UNESCO, ISF has begun a major story-writing competition for children in five languages and 180 countries. Other projects are working to give illustrated books to kids in Afghanistan and other conflict zones on a mass scale, thereby sparking the innate sense of imagination in young minds.

 

Yet another endeavour is striving to build the first global StoryBank – bridging disparate societies through stories – which we regard as the essence of all culture.

 

 

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Our Latest News



JULY 6, 2021
ISF-UNESCO AWARDS CEREMONY - 8 JULY
THE 2020 ISF-UNESCO WORLD TALES SHORT STORY COMPETITION WINNERS

JUNE 22, 2021
THE 2020 ISF-UNESCO WORLD TALES SHORT STORY COMPETITION WINNERS
THE 2020 ISF-UNESCO WORLD TALES SHORT STORY COMPETITION WINNERS

MAY 24, 2021
ANNOUNCING THE ISF-UNESCO SHORT STORY COMPETITION SHORTLIST
ANNOUNCING THE ISF-UNESCO SHORT STORY COMPETITION SHORTLIST

JAN 29, 2021
The Idries Shah Foundation Newsletter – January 2021
The Idries Shah Foundation Newsletter – January 2021

DEC 17, 2020
SAFIA SHAH ON RELEASING SEED BOMBS OF IDEAS
SAFIA SHAH ON RELEASING SEED BOMBS OF IDEAS

NOV 20, 2020
The Idries Shah Foundation Newsletter – November 2020
The Idries Shah Foundation Newsletter – November 2020

OCT 12, 2020
LATEST 2020 ISF AWARD RECIPIENT
LATEST 2020 ISF AWARD RECIPIENT

OCT 12, 2020
OUR CHILDREN’S BOOKS CAN BE READ IN SPANISH ONLINE FOR FREE
OUR CHILDREN’S BOOKS CAN BE READ IN SPANISH ONLINE FOR FREE

OCT 11, 2020
UPCOMING EVENT NOV 11TH: ISF’S FIRST LIVE WEBINAR – ‘RISK’ HOSTED BY SAIRA SHAH
UPCOMING EVENT NOV 11TH: ISF’S FIRST LIVE WEBINAR – ‘RISK’ HOSTED BY SAIRA SHAH

OCT 09, 2020
THE GREEK MOBILE LIBRARY MAKING IDRIES SHAH’S BOOKS AVAILABLE TO REFUGEES
THE GREEK MOBILE LIBRARY MAKING IDRIES SHAH’S BOOKS AVAILABLE TO REFUGEES

JUN 29 2020
DARKEST ENGLAND - AVAILABLE NOW IN PAPERBACK AND EBOOK
DARKEST ENGLAND - AVAILABLE NOW IN PAPERBACK AND EBOOK

JAN 20, 2020
AVAILABLE IN SPECIAL EDITIONS
AVAILABLE IN SPECIAL EDITIONS

JAN 17, 2020
SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH RECEIVES THE ISF AWARD FOR HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT
SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH RECEIVES THE ISF AWARD FOR HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT

NOV 07, 2019
REMEMBERING DR RIAD KOCACHE
REMEMBERING DR RIAD KOCACHE

OCT 21, 2019
THE ISF EVENT 2019
THE ISF EVENT 2019

AUG 8, 2019
A SPECIAL MESSAGE OF THANKS
A SPECIAL MESSAGE OF THANKS

DEC 28, 2018
REMEMBERING ROBERT E. ORNSTEIN
REMEMBERING ROBERT E. ORNSTEIN

SEP 24, 2018
KARA KUSH
KARA KUSH

SEP 10, 2018
RELAUNCH: THE SUBTLETIES OF THE INIMITABLE MULLA NASRUDIN
RELAUNCH: THE SUBTLETIES OF THE INIMITABLE MULLA NASRUDIN

 



JUNE 22, 2021
The Idries Shah Foundation Newsletter – June 2021
The Idries Shah Foundation Newsletter June 2021

MAY 13, 2021
MEET THE AWARD-WINNING AUTHORS JUDGING THE ISF-UNESCO STORY COMPETITION!
MEET THE AWARD-WINNING AUTHORS JUDGING THE ISF-UNESCO STORY COMPETITION!

JAN 29, 2021
‘WE ARE ALL UNIQUE, BUT CONNECTED BY THE LOVE OF TALES’ – AMINA BAKTIYAROVA FROM KAZAKHSTAN, A PARTICIPANT IN THE 2020 ISF-UNESCO WORLD TALES SHORT STORY COMPETITION
‘WE ARE ALL UNIQUE, BUT CONNECTED BY THE LOVE OF TALES’ – AMINA BAKTIYAROVA  FROM KAZAKHSTAN, A PARTICIPANT IN THE 2020 ISF-UNESCO WORLD TALES SHORT STORY COMPETITION

DEC 17, 2020
The Idries Shah Foundation Newsletter – December 2020
The Idries Shah Foundation Newsletter – December 2020

NOV 13, 2020
WATCH ISF'S FIRST LIVE ONLINE WEBINAR EVENT - RISK, HOSTED BY SAIRA SHAH
WATCH ISF'S FIRST LIVE ONLINE WEBINAR EVENT - RISK, HOSTED BY SAIRA SHAH

OCT 15, 2020
The Idries Shah Foundation Newsletter – October 2020
The Idries Shah Foundation Newsletter – October 2020

OCT 12, 2020
ISF-UNESCO SHORT STORY COMPETITION EXTENDED TO DEC 31ST
ISF-UNESCO SHORT STORY COMPETITION EXTENDED TO DEC 31ST

OCT 12, 2020
OUR LATEST PUBLICATION: THE ENGLISHMAN’S HANDBOOK
OUR LATEST PUBLICATION: THE ENGLISHMAN’S HANDBOOK

OCT 06, 2020
SAIRA SHAH ON TAKING HER FATHER’S SUFI LITERATURE BACK ‘HOME' — AND SEARCHING IN OLD ISTANBUL FOR THE RIGHT TURKISH TRANSLATOR
SAIRA SHAH ON TAKING HER FATHER’S SUFI LITERATURE BACK ‘HOME' — AND SEARCHING IN OLD ISTANBUL FOR THE RIGHT TURKISH TRANSLATOR

JUL 16 2020
“I WITNESSED PURE WONDER” – CHILDREN IN AFGHANISTAN RECEIVE FIRST BOOKS

“I WITNESSED PURE WONDER” – CHILDREN IN AFGHANISTAN RECEIVE FIRST BOOKS

JUL 1 2020
NOBEL LAUREATE, HERTA MÜLLER, RECEIVES AN ISF GOLD MEDAL FOR HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT
NOBEL LAUREATE, HERTA MÜLLER, RECEIVES AN ISF GOLD MEDAL FOR HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT

JAN 20, 2020
SAIRA SHAH READS HER FATHER’S STORIES TO PARIS SCHOOL CHILDREN AT UNESCO CULTURAL EVENT

SAIRA SHAH READS HER FATHER’S STORIES TO PARIS SCHOOL CHILDREN AT UNESCO CULTURAL EVENT

JAN 20, 2020
OUR LATEST RELEASE IS NOW LIVE, IN ALL FORMATS
OUR LATEST RELEASE IS NOW LIVE, IN ALL FORMATS

JAN 09, 2020
UNESCO AND IDRIES SHAH FOUNDATION LAUNCH “WORLD TALES” SHORT STORY COMPETITION
UNESCO AND IDRIES SHAH FOUNDATION LAUNCH “WORLD TALES” SHORT STORY COMPETITION

OCT 29, 2019
INTRODUCING ISF MONOGRAPHS
INTRODUCING ISF MONOGRAPHS

SEP 30, 2019
THE SUFIS INDEX & LARGE PRINT EDITIONS
THE SUFIS INDEX & LARGE PRINT EDITIONS

APR 15, 2019
DAVID AULT – GIVING VOICE TO THE WORDS OF IDRIES SHAH
DAVID AULT – GIVING VOICE TO THE WORDS OF IDRIES SHAH

DEC 24, 2018
IDRIES SHAH, SUFISM AND THE LITERARY WORLD
IDRIES SHAH, SUFISM AND THE LITERARY WORLD

The Idries Shah Foundation is a registered charity in the United Kingdom.
Its charity number is 1150876.
For further details, please visit the following pages:

 

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The ISF Publishing 2019 Catalogue lists the full collection of Idries Shah books in both Spanish and English, including books now available for purchase and those coming in 2020. It includes the ISBN numbers of all editions, including hardcover, paperback, pocket, Kindle ebook, EPUB ebook, and other editions. 

 

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