The Sufis [Idries Shah] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. When it first appeared in , The Sufis was welcomed as the decisive work on . Fifty years ago this autumn, Idries Shah published The Sufis, with an introduction by Robert Graves. The Washington Post declared it “a. This work offers coverage of the spiritual and psychological tradition of Sufism. It shows that Sufism is not the preserve of ecstatic religionists, but has a.

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A collection of positive assessments of Shah’s work entitled Sufi Studies: In any case, it had not been there the night before. Once provoked, it becomes his own property, rather as a person masters an art.

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A number of years ago an American psychologist carried out an interesting experiment. At random, then, we can see this Sufic influence in our poetry; literature; mythology; magic; alchemy; freemasonry; and in the Troubadour movement with the concept of chivalry, romantic love and hence much modern music that has come along in its wake. If a pot can multiply: Elizabeth and I went to dinner with the Hoares to idriss Shah, who turned out to be a young man in his early 40s.

Of course, the text remains the same; the reader has changed.

Within its covers Shah introduces the reader to Sufism, which some take to mean ‘Islamic mysticism’ yet the author opines, that while many of its leading lights have been members of the Muslim faith, metaphysics actually precedes religion and controversially, that religions are the cultural eufis, the detritus of mystics and their communities.


They are thinking in terms of lose property, almost physical.

That is the way the process tends to work. In an interview in Psychology Today fromShah elaborated:. Shah’s books on Sufism achieved considerable critical acclaim. Nasruddin was featured in Shah’s television documentary Dreamwalkerswhich aired on the BBC in You may think it’s a strange way to teach — with stories — but long ago this was the way people passed on wisdom.

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Jul 27, Lenny Hall rated it it was amazing. The Sufis themselves say that their religion has no history, because it is not culture bound. It’s understandable, but I deny that it’s a spiritual activity. Nasruddin dreamt that he had Satan’s beard in his hand. Shah managed to obtain a substantial advance on the book, resolving temporary financial difficulties.

There seemed nothing in-between.

The Sufis by Idries Shah

And Shah’s fiercest critic, University of Edinburgh scholar L. The Wine of Wisdom. Thus the Sufic method. View all 4 comments.

Idries Shah

Or the exposition of cipher systems used by esoteric organizations. They Sufis don’t allow a person to do spiritual exercises unless they are convinced that he can undergo such exercises without harm and appreciate them without distraction. The program ended with Shah asserting that humanity could further its own evolution by “breaking psychological limitations” but that there was a “constant accretion of pessimism which effectively prevents evolution in this form from going ahead The presentation of data in many of these areas indicates a familiarity with an immense amount of historical, cultural, and esoteric material — a familiarity also hugely in evidence in the author’s prior work “Oriental Magic.

There are a lot of reasons. His role in the controversy surrounding a new translation of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyampublished by his friend Robert Graves and his older brother Omar Ali-Shahcame in for particular scrutiny.


Shortly before he died, Shah stated that his books form a complete course that could sifis the function he had fulfilled while alive. However, I am thankful for his exposition wufis Nasrudin jokes Juha in North Africa, Nasrudin in asia minor and to the east – which some of them, are indeed deep.

Once they realize that no prizes are being given for correct answers, they begin to see that their previous conditioning determines the way they are seeing the material in the stories.

The poet Ted Hughes also described it as “astonishing” and wrote that “The Sufis must be the biggest society of sensible men on Earth. Both the Western and Middle Eastern methods of sjah come from the common heritage of the Middle Ages, when one was regarded as wise if he had a better memory than someone else.

That story is intended to pinpoint this failure to use available knowledge. Retrieved 20 August It should though, be approached from a certain perspective: Sitemap Katinka Hesselink Net. Shah was frequently criticised for not mentioning God very much in his writings; his reply was that given man’s present state, there would not be much point in talking about God.

The book is one of the best I have read on the subject. Retrieved 17 October They have something else to do first. In some ways it seems superfluous to attempt a review of the book.