Reviews

Review of Learning how to Learn: 100 Conversations with Idries Shah. These extraordinary conversations with ordinary people apply traditional psychology to contemporary problems of humanity. The book contains over 100 ancient & modern Sufi tales & extracts detailing how, what and why Sufis learn and more. It’s a surprisingly practical assortment of delicious mental exercises: invigorating, challenging & necessary. I […]

In 1950 Idries Shah began a quest to observe and record some of the East’s most unusual people and places. His aristocratic Afghan family and openness to experience helped him access extraordinary people and places throughout the Middle East and Central Asia. Shah met with the Kings of Saudi Arabia and Jordan, the secret Imam of the “New Arabian Knights” […]

“Pluck the cotton wool of heedlessness from the ear of awareness, so that the wisdom of dead men may reach your ear.” Saadi of Shiraz  This unexpected, delicious, mind-stretching book is a basic study course by Idries Shah, the world’s most influential modern exponent of Sufi thought and practice. It contains a vast array of classical poetry, humour, Teaching-Stories, letters, […]

The Dermis Probe is named after Idries Shah’s award-winning film based on Sanai’s and Rumi’s ancient tale: The Blind Men and the Elephant. I’ve read this book many times. Often I’ve had a strange feeling that this exotic mind-bending hodgepodge of tales and aphorisms formed a comprehensive expression of Sufi thought and action. It’s all there. It is an “Elephant” […]