What Magic Is and Isn’t

For five years author Idries Shah examined obscure manuscripts in a dozen remote regions where magic persists. Originally published in 1957, most of the magical texts in this annotated and fully illustrated classic have never been published before; many in English for...

The Idries Shah Anthology Review

This beautiful anthology by Idries Shah’s daughter Saira is a masterful introduction to his vast body of work and a fresh perspective on Sufism. It contains chapters on the jokester sage Mulla Nasrudin, poetry, proverbs, teaching stories and more. Shah “argued that...

Review: The Commanding Self by Idries Shah

Contemplate much less the ‘I shall progress,’ than the ‘I’ stand in ‘my way’. Reflections: Idries Shah Idries Shah’s The Commanding Self helped me recognize that what I think is my “normal” everyday self is actually a mix of...

Review: A Perfumed Scorpion by Idries Shah

“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...

Review: Caravan of Dreams by Idries Shah

Clear thinking, common sense and humour are not what we’ve come to expect from the Middle East and Central Asia. This glittering caravan of thought-provoking jokes, proverbs, table talk and tales delivers all this and more. It reveals what we share and can learn from...