“Whoever might perfume a scorpion will not thereby escape its sting. Bahaudin Naqshband”

Based on a series lectures delivered by Idries Shah at Universities in the United States, this lively book provides an insightful often shocking expression of the Sufi way for today’s world. At the same time, it recreates the atmosphere and methods found in classic books by the Asian greats like Rumi, Jami and Hafiz. A perfumed scorpion symbolizes the hypocrisy or self-deception, and the reality in our psychology, behaviour, learning; and in our institutions, too. It bursts with arresting anecdotes that illuminate unfamiliar and neglected yet critical information and knowledge for our time. Highly Recommended.