The Boy With No Voice and the Men Who Couldn’t Hear by Idries Shah

When three deaf men get into an argument, they have to call on the first passer-by to ask for help in resolving their conflict. This happens to be a little boy. But it also happens that he cannot speak. How will he communicate with three deaf men – let alone stop them arguing amongst themselves and see sense?

For more than 1,000 years this story has entertained children, helped them examine their own assumptions and think creatively.

Part of a rich body of literature from Central Asia and the Middle East, The Boy With No Voice and the Men Who Couldn’t Hear is one of many tales collected by the late Afghan author and thinker, Idries Shah.

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‘These teaching-stories can be experienced on many levels. A child may simply enjoy hearing them, an adult may analyse them in a more sophisticated way. Both may eventually benefit from the lessons within.’


‘Shah has collected hundreds of Sufi tales… In this tradition, the line between stories for children and those for adults is not as clear as it seems to be in Western cultures… the lessons are important for all generations.’