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...

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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...

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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 primitive & conditioned reactions which...

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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...

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Deliciously Shocking!

This is as close as we can get to sitting down to a Sufi Dinner Meeting, a unique educational event that’s part performance and part interaction. Shocking, often funny, peppered with uncommon common sense, this far-reaching little book can actually prepare you to...

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Review: Observations by Idries Shah

  Idries Shah’s little book of Observations flashes with insight, clear thinking and humour. Each observation entices us to think, question and think again. Sufis hold that familiarizing ourselves with the concepts, ideas and thought patterns within their current...

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A Veiled Gazelle by Idries Shah Review

This delightful little book of Teaching Stories from Sufi tradition is quirky, puzzling often unexpected. For those of us with an inkling that there is more to life than meets the eye, it offers much more. It can help us recognize the "Veil": the indoctrination &...

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