Saira Shah Introduces Teaching Stories, written by her father Idries Shah, to Paris Schoolchildren

Award-winning documentary maker Saira Shah was at UNESCO in Paris over the weekend reading some of her father's stories as part of an international cultural event.

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First ISF Award for Human Achievement

We're delighted to announce that the first ISF Award for Human Achievement goes to Sir David Attenborough …! The Award celebrates perseverance, ingenuity and original thought. It was set up to honour Idries Shahs' belief in storytelling for progress and that each of us can...

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UNESCO and Idries Shah Foundation launch “World Tales” Short Story Competition

Climate change, human rights violations, conflicts, racism and discrimination are among many threats to our present and future. In the face of adversity, creative young minds need to be encouraged to find innovative solutions.

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One of the best nonprofit podcasts!

We're pleased to announce that the ISF podcast has been selected as one of the best foundations podcasts...

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ISF AWARDS 2019

The ISF Trustees are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2019 ISF Awards for extraordinary contributions to human achievement.

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Our latest release is now live, in all formats.

The Commanding Self, in Sufic terminology, is that mixture of the primitive and conditioned responses, common to everyone, which inhibits and distorts human progress and understanding. This book was described by Shah as the key to understanding his entire corpus of work. While complete in...

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Books For Afghan Children

ISF has been working to provide illustrated books to children in Afghanistan on a mass scale. The tales, written by Idries Shah, are being illustrated by a range of talented artists in both East and West. The first six illustrated books are ready, with a...

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Sir David Attenborough receives the first ISF Award for Human Achievement

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UNESCO and Idries Shah Foundation launch “World Tales” Short Story Competition

UNESCO and Idries Shah Foundation launch “World Tales” Short Story Competition Climate change, human rights violations, conflicts, racism and discrimination are among many threats to our present and future. In the...

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The 2019 ISF Awards For Human Achievement

Through a body of work shaped by an ancient tradition, Idries Shah espoused a belief in being the best possible...

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ISF-UNESCO Storytelling Competition Initiated

ISF-UNESCO Storytelling Competition Initiated A major collaboration between ISF and UNESCO, the ‘World Tales Story Competition’ is aimed at developing a sense of imagination...

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Books For Afghan Children

Books For Afghan Children ISF has been working to provide illustrated books to children in Afghanistan on a mass scale. The tales, written by...

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The World Tales StoryBank

The World Tales StoryBank Idries Shah believed that stories are not merely a part of culture – but rather that they are culture. During...

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Saira Shah Introduces Teaching Stories, written by Idries Shah, to Paris Schoolchildren

Saira Shah Introduces Teaching Stories, written by Idries Shah, to Paris Schoolchildren Award-winning documentary maker Saira Shah was at UNESCO in Paris over the weekend reading some of her father's stories as...

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Sir David Attenborough receives the ISF Award for Human Achievement

Sir David Attenborough receives the ISF Award for Human Achievement We're delighted to announce that the first ISF Award for Human Achievement goes to Sir David Attenborough …! The Award...

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UNESCO and Idries Shah Foundation launch “World Tales” Short Story Competition

UNESCO and Idries Shah Foundation launch “World Tales” Short Story Competition Climate change, human rights violations, conflicts, racism and discrimination are among many threats to our present and future. In the...

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The 2019 ISF Awards For Human Achievement

Through a body of work shaped by an ancient tradition, Idries Shah espoused a belief in being the best possible...

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Remembering Dr Riad Kocache

Remembering Dr Riad Kocache Riad Kocache We are very sorry to report that Dr Riad Kocache, a founding trustee of The Idries Shah Foundation,...

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ISF would like highlight several organizations with which it collaborates, whose work is exceptionally important in the fields of Literacy, Imagination, and the Humanities:

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