An insightful pocket book containing a mishmash of Sufi stories and question-and-answer sessions, collected by R. Easterling and Kamil Hanafy.
Evenings with Idries Shah is a sampler of Sufi discussion meetings, where both instruction and carefully constructed stories for teaching purposes have been shared for thousands of years.
Although teaching stories often appear to be little more than entertaining fairy or folk tales, they enshrine – in their characters, plots, and imagery – patterns and relationships that nurture a part of the mind not reachable in more conventional ways. Familiarising ourselves with these yarns can increase our understanding, flexibility, and breadth of vision.
Shocking, often funny, peppered with uncommon common sense, this far-reaching little book can facilitate a deeper perception in the reader.