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A selection of excerpts from Sufi masters clarifying the philosophy of Sufism.
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Published September 1st 1991 by Penguin Books (first published 1968)
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Annie
This book is a great source of information and history on Sufism. A scholarly work, published first in 1970, it is still pertinent to today.

It opens with an important chapter on the study of Sufism in the Western world -- and its limitations.

Shah raises questions about how much one can learn and understand about Sufism, using books and writings which may not fully understand how Sufism works. As one example, he uses modern Western debates on the meaning of the word "Sufi". Westerners, with our d...more
Martin
This is the Original Penguin Paperback Edition issued in 1968 by Idries Shah. It is a fine Book about what is called in Western terms Sufism. Sufism is a simplification of a very complex system of spiritual development. This is one of the best books I have found to clarify a lot of things taken for granted by people who use the term Sufi or Sufism.
Boreal Elizabeth
a friend reccommended this it was part of some metaphysical conversations we had about whirling dervishes, alcoholism, spirituality, gypsies, tibetan buddhism, old cars and betrayal by friends and lovers

it was above me at the time altho i did gain something by osmosis
love of life
drinking in the world and honoring it
Saman
Jun 20, 2012 Saman is currently reading it
Into sufism. Just started reading this one.
Lenny Hall
I Enjoy Everything he's written.
Ruhat alp
those who can see with the eye of the heart perceive all creatures as a manifestation of love. they observe that all creaturs are the outcome of love. ıf there hadnt been eternal love, the universe would not have come to be. The gnostics know that this world is an outcome of this eternal love and that is why it has been dedicated to the Prophet Muhammad.
ın the hadith ,we find the following: “I was a hidden treasure. I loved to be known. Thus, I created the universe so that I could be known.”
we u...more
Ron Krumpos
"The Way of the Sufi" is one of the books in the primary bibliography of my free ebook on comparative mysticism. "The greatest achievement in life" at suprarational.org/gail2012.pdf has been reviewed on Goodreads. I have included five quotations of Sufis from his book in my ebook.
Rhesa
This is my first book of Idries Shah. Here he gathers some sayings from the prominent leaders of Sufism. For those who is new in this study, and wanting to embrace it by the way of reading [and pondering:] quotations, this is a good way to start. But for those who seek a systematic & analytical treatment, will be dissapointed [like me:].

Shah's exposition, argument & way of language sometimes loose and not really convincing. But maybe, like he says, sufism can't be [approached:] and unde...more
wigwam
I'm a fan of the entire book (the first half is a cool overview of Sufism, surveying lots of traditions and personas, a bit like how Will Durant's Story of Philosophy treats western thought), but I find the last half (Teaching Stories, Solitary Contemplation, Group Recitals, Letters and Lectures) particularly useful in that I read a bit each day (it's broken up into small sections, some a paragraph, others a page or two). Sometimes these are goofy little stories, sometimes profound graspable eye...more
Cem
Doğan Egmont'tan geçen sene çıkmış Türkçe tercümesinin sefilliği ve editörün başıboş bıraktığı metnin son hali, bu değerli metni benim için bir okuma eziyetine çevirdi. Buradan yetkililere seslenmek istiyorum: Ayıp yahu, insan hiç olmazsa çevirinin tamamlanıp tamamlanmadığını kontrol eder! Bazı problemli terimler çevrilmeyip parantez içinde ingilizce bırakılarak (yanında da soru işaretleriyle) basılmış-tercümanın kaba ilk taslağını basmışsınız resmen. Yazıklar olsun size ve o güzelim baskılara h...more
Kendra
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a fairly detailed overview on what Sufism is, and who were some of the men instrumental within the belief system. I found it to be similar to Taoism, except with a Middle Eastern flavor. The author also discussed the influences Sufism has had on other religions, mysticism, and philosophies, as well as the sciences.
Maureen
Sep 02, 2008 Maureen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
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Originally published in 1968, this book had a huge impact, particularly in England. It was the West's introduction to Sufism, and led to its acceptance in the English-speaking world. It contains stories, short histories of great Sufis, a few essays and a good section on the four largest Orders. This book is a must for any student of Islam.
Mor
Aug 20, 2013 Mor rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Никто не может считаться достигшим Степени Истины, пока тысяча честных граждан не засвидетельствуют, что он -- еретик. (Джунайд из Багдада)

Поразительно, насколько свободная, живая мысль обитала прежде в околомусульманском мире. Суфии - феномен, который требует изучения.
Vickie
I had a professor in grad school who would read us these tales periodically. I really enjoyed them enough to get the book for myself.
Bria
I feel very attached to Sufism, even though a lot of what it says kind of goes against my personal feelings and opinions.
Karin
Jan 24, 2010 Karin marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
So far, exactly what I was hoping to find--a scholarly work speaking in code, in the manner of the Sufi.
Aran
The organization of the book made very little sense to me...Contents, a lot of it, interesting.
サラ サラ
It is an excellent read. I found is very simple to follow and very informative at the same time.
Wanda Kamarga
baru beli dong... nanti review nya di edit kalo udah selesai baca yaa... hehehehe
Katherine
I think a partial understanding of Islam is necessary to appreciate this book completely.
Daniel
A very good book if you are into Sufi teachings.
Chasity
good thus far
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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...more
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“To be a Sufi is to detach from fixed ideas and from preconceptions; and not to try to avoid what is your lot.” 7 likes
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