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
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
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
I am hoping that what I am able to offer is what I received as a child, as the result of these stories: the world viewed temporarily through different eyes.
Idries Shah wrote three books examining the ‘baffling phenomenon of the British and Britishness’ – Darkest England, The Natives are Restless and The Englishman’s Handbook.
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
Your generosity is making a difference. Thank you to all those who have contributed so far!
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
‘The Idries Shah Foundation is doing a commendable job by sending thousands of books for children in Afghanistan.’
Millions of illustrated children’s books written by Idries Shah have been distributed across Afghanistan since 2006 by our friends and partners at Hoopoe Books.