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Sufi Thought and Action

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This book is an anthology of the extraordinary diversity of Sufi ideas and activities in many countries and cultures today. Nothing approaching this kind of survey has ever been assembled.

In addition to first-hand accounts of Sufi learning methods, subjects covered include the Sufi meeting place, avoiding imitators, Sufi work enterprises, the idea of organic enterprises,

Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 1st 1990 by Octagon Press, Limited (first published 1990)
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Gregg Jones
Mar 28, 2015 Gregg Jones rated it really liked it
I have lived approximately 10 years in the Mideast (Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Dubai, Afghanistan and Turkey). Only in Turkey and Iraq did I witness a Sufi presence, but it was not something I could get anyone to acknowledge. In Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto was one of a very few women to rule a Muslim country. Pakistan was a very conservative Shi'ia. However a woman was elected (and murdered soon after). How could this happen?

Sufism has a strong tradition in Pakistan, and is heavily represented amo
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"Sufi Thought and Action" is one of the books in the secondary bibliography of my free ebook on comparative mysticism. "The greatest achievement in life" at has been reviewed on Goodreads.
Jan 01, 2016 WJ rated it it was amazing
If you want to know what the Sufis think of people who tell you they are on the Path of Blame or do the transvestite thing - either in clothing or change of name to something exotic – this is the book to read. This is a compilation of a number of previously published pamphlets with an excellent, lengthy introductory essay by Idries Shah. As a compilation it is similar to Diffusion of Sufi Ideas in the West (ed. Lewin) and The Elephant in the Dark variation on that book in that there are a number ...more
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A remarkable anthology of papers on various aspects of Sufi study. Topics addressed include: Sufi Spiritual Rituals and Beliefs, Avoiding Imitators, Sufi groups, the Sufi adept, the Orders, Observations of a Sufi School, key concepts, visits to Sufi centres, and the Sufis of today -- and this is only a selection out of many subjects. The volume is well worthwhile for people interested in a serious introduction to the contemporary Sufi Way and its practice.
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Idries Shah (Persian: ادریس شاه), also known as Idris Shah, né Sayed Idries el-Hashimi (Arabic: سيد إدريس هاشمي), was an author and teacher in the Sufi tradition who wrote over three dozen critically acclaimed books on topics ranging from psychology and spirituality to travelogues and culture studies.

Born in India, the descendant of a family of Afghan nobles, Shah grew up mainly in England. His ea
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“Materialism, attachment to things of the world, includes pride. Many religious people suffer from pride: taking pleasure or even delight in being good, or religious.” 31 likes
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