Special Problems in the Study of Sufi Ideas by Idries Shah

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An important monograph of Idries Shah’s Seminar at Sussex University outlining the modern distorting influences and misunderstandings of Sufi knowledge and teaching.

Special Problems in the Study of Sufi Ideas is a remarkable overview of the various psychological responses that lead to the misreading of higher knowledge – thus preventing its learning.

The book knits together the available knowledge about Sufi thought and literature and its many warping tendencies such as: the development of cults, the misinterpretation by literalist scholars, and the fallacious theories about what Sufism is.

As in his other works, but in a more compact a manner here, Shah attempts to set the record straight, insisting that only information can combat incorrect facts. ‘Sufism,’ he writes, ‘like many another way of knowledge, can either be employed for purposes of recreation – to confirm existing belief and to give emotional stimulus – or else one can learn from it.’

Special Problems in the Study of Sufi Ideas is an advanced work that is fully annotated, indexed and includes a bibliography and notes.