Landmark License Agreement

June 22, 2021

ISF is extremely pleased to announce that a new, landmark license agreement has been signed with the Estate of Idries Shah. The license, which has been agreed for 20 years, secures the realisation of public benefit for the generous donations ISF has received and will allow the charity to fulfil its objectives. ISF will continue … Read More

Announcing the ISF-UNESCO Short Story Competition Shortlist

May 24, 2021

We have received thousands of submissions from around the globe, helping the World Tales competition truly live up to its name. And over the past few months, we’ve enjoyed reading them all. Selecting a shortlist from the truly impressive collection of imaginative, thought-provoking, powerfully-executed stories has involved some tough choices! But we have narrowed it … Read More

ISF Announces Judges for ISF-UNESCO World Tales Story Competition

May 12, 2021

The response to the ISF-UNESCO competition has been amazing. We received thousands of stories from around the world – Mongolia, Iran, Chile and many more. It’s taken months to catalogue each story and to select a short-list of 60. The short-listing has been a particularly difficult task as the quality of the submissions has been … Read More

Astronaut Chris Hadfield receives ISF Award

October 12, 2020

Farmer, skiier, fighter pilot, astronaut, singer-songwriter…Canadian Chris Hadfield has proven an inspiration to millions. And now he joins the likes of Sir David Attenborough, Jim Lovelock and Dame Jane Goodall in receiving an ISF Award for Human Achievement. The award, which is bestowed in the form of a gold medal, was presented to Hadfield in … Read More

Blog: Saira Shah on taking her father’s Sufi literature back ‘home’

October 6, 2020

Saira Shah on taking her Father’s Sufi literature back ‘home’ – and searching in Old Istanbul for the right Turkish translator Stumbling through the streets of Istanbul, I wondered yet again if I was on the right path. Following handwritten directions scrawled on a crumpled piece of paper, I found myself instructed to pass under … Read More