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The Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin

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"Perfectly designed models for isolating and holding distortions of the mind which so often pass for reasonable behavior." --Idries Shah

Today we find him in a high-level physics report, illustrating phenomena that can't be described in ordinary technical terms. He appears in psychology textbooks, illuminating the workings of the mind in a way no straightforward explanatio

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Hardcover, 107 pages
Published June 1st 1973 by Octagon Press, Limited
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Maureen
Jun 17, 2008 Maureen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Maureen by: Mr. Bennett
"Nasrudin was in a patent office, trying to patent a magic wand.
""I'm sorry," said the clerk, "but we don't patent impossible inventions.'
So Nasrudin waved his magic wand, and the clerk disappeared."

Whatever could I say that could top that? And it came from a book that turns upside down in the middle. These Sufi teaching stories are funny, thought-provoking, and real. So real, in fact, that I expect the Mullah and his magic wand and his tattered coat, and the goat, and his wife to appear at a
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Ulrika Eriksson
Characteristic for sufism is the emphasis on humor and they assert that it is a healthy sign in a group when there is place for humor in it. Should it feel misplaced, something is not right. Esoteric groups are no exception and consequently you find the silly, foolish, funny, philosophical Mulla Nasrudin in the same company as Rumi, Ghazzali, Khayyam and others. Dervishes use the stories as exercises in their teaching
Pick out some of the stories you like extra much and let them be your own, reco
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Ned Rifle
Dec 05, 2012 Ned Rifle marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Doris Lessing's strong advocacy of Shah and the tales of Nasrudin has me convinced. I will add a few of the tales to help convince anyone else.

Nasrudin is with his cronies drinking coffee:

They are discussing death, "When you are in your casket and friends and family are mourning upon you, what would you like to hear them say about you?"

The first crony says, "I would like to hear them say that I was a great doctor of my time, and a great family man."

The second says, " I would like to hear that I
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Kevan Bowkett
The first volume of the Mulla Nasrudin Corpus, retold by Afghan author Idries Shah, is a great introduction to the use of humour by the Middle Eastern and Central Asian sages called the Sufis. Nasrudin is a 'wise fool' teaching-figure: sometimes acting as a guide, sometimes exhibiting shortcomings in the mind by his hilariously 'brain-dead' behaviour. Nasrudin stories have been told and enjoyed across Asia, North Africa, and Southeastern Europe for centuries (and at least one collection was publ ...more
Lolotehe
The stories are quick enough to read between rail-stops, but the lessons have a pleasant aftertaste.
Kevan Bowkett
The first volume of the Mulla Nasrudin Corpus, retold by Afghan author Idries Shah, is a great introduction to the use of humour by the Middle Eastern and Central Asian sages called the Sufis. Nasrudin is a "wise fool" teaching-figure: sometimes acting as a guide, sometimes exhibiting shortcomings in the mind by his hilariously "brain-dead" behaviour. Nasrudin stories have been told and enjoyed across Asia, North Africa, and Southeastern Europe for centuries (and at least one collection was publ ...more
Lysergius
Fascinating collection of tales from Persia which purport to have deeper meanings.
Claire S
I've been wanting to learn more about the Sufi branch of Islam for a while, and also am interested in material on 'states of mind,' looks fascinating and a lot of fun.
Anvita
A great pleasure for all those like reading Akbar-Birbal type witty short stories. Really nice :-)
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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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