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Idries Shah


Born
in Simla, India
June 16, 1924

Died
November 23, 1996

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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 early writings centred on magic and witchcraft. In 1960 he established a publishing house, Octagon Press, producing translations of Sufi classics as well as titles of his own. His most seminal work was The Sufis, which appeared in 1964 and was well received internationally. In 1965, Shah founded the Institute for Cultural Research, a London-based edu
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The Sufis

4.20 avg rating — 1,041 ratings — published 1964 — 43 editions
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The Way of the Sufi

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Tales of the Dervishes: Tea...

4.31 avg rating — 648 ratings — published 1967 — 25 editions
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The Pleasantries of the Inc...

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Caravan of Dreams

4.21 avg rating — 368 ratings — published 1968 — 33 editions
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Wisdom of the Idiots

4.25 avg rating — 343 ratings — published 1971 — 27 editions
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Learning How to Learn: Psyc...

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4.39 avg rating — 317 ratings — published 1978 — 21 editions
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Exploits of the Incomparabl...

4.33 avg rating — 313 ratings — published 1974 — 11 editions
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The Commanding Self

4.59 avg rating — 197 ratings — published 1994 — 12 editions
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The Exploits of the Incompa...

4.32 avg rating — 203 ratings — published 2015 — 34 editions
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“It is the message, not the man, which is important to the Sufis.”
Idries Shah, The Sufis

“Right time, right place, right people equals success.
Wrong time, wrong place, wrong people equals most of the real human history.”
Idries Shah, Reflections

“Enlightenment must come little by little - otherwise it would overwhelm.”
Idries Shah

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