The Way of the Sufi by Idries Shah

The Way of the Sufi is the best-selling follow-up to Idries Shah’s first book on the subject. It presents an unparalleled cross-section of material from Sufi schools, teachings and classical writings, as a basic course of Sufi study.

Available worldwide in all formats – including ebook and audio – on Amazon worldwide. In the USA go to, in the UK, in India You can also order The Way of the Sufi in paperback and hardback from your local bookstore — and in the UK and USA we also recommend; and in Australia and New Zealand Booktopia. ISF also publishes an edition in Limited Edition, Spanish, Dari, Farsi.

The author begins with the outward aspects of the teaching most likely to puzzle the student coming fresh to the subject. He considers various attitudes to Sufi ideas, and evidence of their absorption into medieval Christianity, Hinduism, Jewish mysticism and modern philosophical teachings.

Shah gives potted biographies of some of the best-known Sufis of the ages, adding descriptions of four of the major Sufi orders: the Chisti, Qadiri, Suhrawardi and Naqshbandi. In addition there are a number of Sufi teaching stories as well as question-and-answer sessions with Sufi teachers.

The greater part of the book illuminates aspects of Sufi activity and practice relevant to the contemporary world.

The New York Times also applauded the book, saying it was ‘like a door opening where one least expects it’.

Additional information

The Way of the Sufi Audiobook: The complete audiobook of The Way of the Sufi, by Idries Shah. Read by David Ault