NEW EDITIONS

More than fifty years after the publication of his seminal work, The Sufis, all of Idries Shah’s books have been re-issued by ISF. The entire corpus is available in digital formats, including Print on Demand and Audio. All the books are free to read online as well. And though ISF is at the cutting edge of the latest publishing technology, many of Shah’s best-selling classics – including his hugely popular collections of Nasrudin stories – can also be purchased as beautiful limited editions.
More than fifty years after the publication of his seminal work, The Sufis, all of Idries Shah’s books have been re-issued by ISF. The entire corpus is available in digital formats, including Print on Demand and Audio. All the books are free to read online as well. And though ISF is at the cutting edge of the latest publishing technology, many of Shah’s best-selling classics – including his hugely popular collections of Nasrudin stories – can also be purchased as beautiful limited editions.

IDRIES SHAH’S LEGACY

Idries Shah devoted his life to collecting, translating and adapting key works of Sufi classical literature for the needs of the West. Over half a century, his works have been used by psychologists and therapists, school teachers and lawyers, social workers and ordinary members of the public to better understand human thought and behaviour. Called by some ‘practical philosophy’, Shah’s books represent a distillation of centuries of Sufi and Islamic thought aimed at helping to develop human potential to its fullest. The works stress virtues such as common sense, clear thinking and humour to counter cant and religious dogma.

 

Shah’s books have been translated into dozens of languages, sold millions of copies, and are regarded as a bridge between East and West. Thirty-five of Shah’s books are now available through ISF across multiple formats.

 

‘Shah’s materials take people by surprise’ The Guardian


‘Sufism is the inner secret teaching that is concealed within every religion’ The Spectator

 
 
Tahir ShahTAHIR SHAH, NEW EDITIONS PROJECT DIRECTOR


Tahir is a prolific novelist, travel writer and documentary maker. Perhaps his best-known book, The Caliph’s House, describes his experiences moving his family to Morocco and living in a rambling Casablanca mansion infested with Jinn. Tahir has often spoken about how his father strove to teach his children through stories. These included the escapades of Nasrudin, the wise fool of Sufi folklore. In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, Tahir began to devote a great deal of time and energy into establishing and promoting a ‘cultural bridge’ between East and West. He has lectured widely on the legacy of science in medieval Islam and its role in creating a foundation for the Renaissance.

 
 
 

‘Idries Shah argued that human beings, while capable of the most sublime capacities, choose to live on a plane far below their potential. Chained by the commanding self – a mixture of laziness, greed, fear and prejudice – they are driven on, harnessed and shackled by their own lower nature, fleeing from truth, from the exaltation and beauty that should be theirs. Yet, his was no gloom-ridden moralising. He held an optimistic message that it is possible for humans to develop, to reach our destiny.’ — SAIRA SHAH writing in the introduction to The Idries Shah Anthology.

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