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Empathy and the Mind


Thinking about thinking and empathy An important characteristic which distinguishes the work of Idries Shah from that of many other 20th-century exponents of Eastern thought is the emphasis placed on behaviour, ideas, stories and jokes which encourage flexible thinking Flexible thinking is alien to most belief-systems, which insist on how things have to be, [...]

Borges: Influence and Coincidence


By Sergio Missana On a visit to Buenos Aires a few years ago I was privileged to spend an afternoon in the library of Jorge Luis Borges. The hours flew by as, completely absorbed, I flicked through the author’s books. None of them were catalogued in any seeming order; rather they were arranged in what, [...]

Understanding Cults and Cult Thinking


The contribution of Idries Shah to the understanding of cults and cult thinking Until Idries Shah began writing on the subject, the word ‘cult’ tended to refer to a religious sect that was usually eccentric and possibly dangerous. It could include any quasi-religious or deeply political grouping in which the leader was idolised - hence [...]

He Who Tastes, Knows


By Steven Nightingale We must look at the world we have made: the crudity of our politics, the menace of military force, the threat of oblivion from atomic weapons; the destruction of earth’s life support systems, the fundamentalism that corrupts religious faith. What resource we might turn to, if we are to confront with [...]

Idries Shah: A brief portrait


Written by Hezhbar Shinwary Recently one of the American publishing companies requested Ms. Parveen Pazhwak to translate some children’s books.  A number of these books were sent to me for the purpose of getting acquainted.  When I observed the pictures (illustrations) and studied the books I found them to be very closely resembling the life [...]

Sufi teachings


Nasrudin was talking to a friend. “So Mullah, did you ever consider getting married?” “Yes I have,” answered Nasrudin. “When I was young, I decided to find the perfect woman. I crossed the desert, I reached Damascus and met a spiritualised and beautiful woman; but she knew nothing about the world.” Read more, here.

Idries Shah Books Now Available In American Editions


We have been working hard at releasing Idries Shah’s entire corpus in American print and eBook editions for the first time. Over the next five years, our special editorial team will be working on transferring Idries Shah’s work into American spelling and punctuation. A new American edition will be released every two months, and the last of [...]

Idries Shah Audiobooks


The ISF team is immensely pleased to announce that the first of Idries Shah’s titles are now available as audio books. We searched long and hard to find someone with a clear, warm, neutral voice. The Idries Shah audiobooks are now available for purchase online via Amazon and Audible. Some of the Idries Shah audiobook [...]

ISF Oriental language translations and publications project


The first two books in Persian – The Way of the Sufi and Tales of the Dervishes have rolled off the presses in Kabul as this exciting project gets underway. As this blog post goes live, the texts are being prepared for posting on the Persian page of our website and will also be made available [...]