The Secret Lore of Magic by Idries Shah

‘These basic works … serve to establish Idries Shah as an original, careful and reliable researcher in the field of human knowledge …’


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This companion and follow-up book to Shah’s Oriental Magic surveys the source literature on magic, much of it translated into English for the first time.

First published in 1957, The Secret Lore of Magic is a compendium of material from rare source books describing magical beliefs and practices around the world, and throughout history.

Together with Oriental Magic it provides one of the widest-ranging studies of human magical belief systems, and is thus a priceless reference for psychologists, ethnologists and others interested in the rise and development of human beliefs.

The Secret Lore of Magic helps readers understand what magic is and isn’t, while offering dependable information about what was previously a shadowy and confusing subject.

‘Essential reading for research in the fields of human beliefs, practices and ceremonies.’

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‘[A] mammoth survey, never before attempted in any language.’

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