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4.23  ·  Rating details ·  854 ratings  ·  79 reviews
يكشف الكاتب عن جوهر الصوفيه التى يرى أنها تتبع كل الديانات. أو بتعبير «الحلاج»؛ «الحقيقه الجوانيه لكل الديانات الصادقه» دون تفريق بين رساله سماويه وأخرى سماويه أيضًا. أو بين ديانه ساميه وأخرى غير ساميه من ديانات الشرق، وبالتالى تكون «الصوفيه» دعوه للحب بمعناه الواسع، وفى ظل عقيده الحب هذه يزدهر التسامح والتآخى والمساواه، وفى نهايه المطاف؛ السلام، وبذلك يكون الهدف النهائى ا ...more
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Published 2005 by المركز القومي للترجمة (first published 1964)
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H.M.
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The prodigious Work of the Sufis:

The Sufis by Idries Shah offers a wide overview of the historical development of the Sufi Way, through the works of individual masters (many of whom were highly successful polymaths), schools and orders, and through a whole host of fields in which they were engaged or through which their work was projected, such as religion, ethics, learning, science, the arts, traditional psychology and (not least) humour. Though it came to maturity in the classical Islamic era,
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A.
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I do not recommend this book or this author anymore. Avoid him, in fact.
Without going into details but I have discovered far better, clearer, more closer to the source and available authors since (when referring to the English/French languages that is) namely Letters of a Sufi Master by Sheikh Darqawi, Faouzi Skali, Abdal Hakim Murad, Titus Burckhardt, Martin Lings, Roger Du Pasquier - among others.

There is a certain smell of someone who doesn't not speak out of lived experience, but rather of p
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Tim
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: islam, islam-sufism
“The Sufis often start from a nonreligious viewpoint” says Idries Shah towards the beginning of this book. Religions after all are nothing more than languages, paths, symbols, collections of forms pointing towards something so real that it is beyond form, yet so intimate that it permeates all. Sufism as a name is perhaps unfortunate just as naming divinity carries its own inherent limitations. When we attempt to name or define “God”, we immediately create a set of conceptions, assumptions that a ...more
Sunny
I loved this. I tend to love books that give me insight into words and the origins of phrases and organisations. At times I must admit that this did sound conspiratorial in places as Idries tried to link the origin of organisations like the Carboneri in Italy and the Freemasons and Knights Templar to Sufiism which I found a little dubious but the way he puts his arguments across it did sound reasonable in certain places. The book is one of the best I have read on the subject. It covers some of t ...more
Aubrey Davis
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Common  sense,  straight  thinking  and  evolution  are  not  typically  associated  with  religion  or  spirituality. But  it’s  scattered  throughout  this  50th  anniversary  edition  of  The  Sufis  by  Idries  Shah.  Not  simply  Islamic  mystics  or  “hairy-footed  metaphysicians”,  the  Sufis  and  their  teachings  took  many  forms  to  suit  the  time,  place  and  people.  Surprisingly,  their  many  insights  anticipate  current  social  scientific  research.  Shah’s  groundbreaking ...more
Holly
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is THE book on Sufism as explained to the Western world. I originally read it several years ago, and this book is timeless. I highly recommend it to anyone who is wondering what Sufism is all about.
Kevan Bowkett
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
THE SUFIS by IDRIES SHAH

This year (2014) marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of "The Sufis" by Idries Shah -- an event which seems to have clarified a good many puzzles regarding this group of people. A new 50th anniversary edition has just been released by ISF Publishing (http://www.idriesshahfoundation.org/b...).

In some ways it seems superfluous to attempt a review of the book. The best thing is to get it and read it. And perhaps reread it, as it includes materials that seem to have
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Andrew Boden
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the few books I can say definitively changed my life for the better. I remember reading it in university, when I was in the firm grip of western analytic philosophy. I picked up Shah's book and immediately started dissecting it as I would any other academic text. But I'd gone camping alone on an isolated beach and, as I read the first chapter it was as if something in me -- something obscuring, like wearing someone else's glasses -- fell away. I realized, at once, that every philo ...more
Neil
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A massive book in terms of ideas and insight, impossible to reduce the content to soundbites in a short review . I first read this book back in the late seventies and it had a major influence on me. It was a a real gem in a time of peculiar cults and superficial views of spirituality. The book is an experience to read and reread and does lead to glimpses of a different way of seeing and experiencing the world. It clearly has a place now in a time perhaps even more full of pointless distractions ...more
Yigal Zur
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
amazing read for everyone wjo to understand the way of the sufis and the better side and part of islam
Ita Marquess
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Sufis are the extraordinary people who have guided, and are still guiding, the evolution of human consciousness. They do not preach or evangelise but, through books such as these, and through living exemplars, they offer an opportunity for self development that is in harmony with the development of mankind.
Robs
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shah's first book, now 50 years old and republished, new jacket, new font, available as a PoD, and soon to be issued as an ebook.

It's challenging to review a book in which the author states, ''... All descriptions are useless distortions of the facts. ...'' but anyway.

Within its covers Shah introduces the reader to Sufism, which some take to mean 'Islamic mysticism' yet the author opines, that while many of its leading lights have been members of the Muslim faith, metaphysics actually precedes r
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John Zada
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are many, many books about Sufis and Sufism. But 'The Sufis,' by Idries Shah, is by far the most penetrating and authoritative work. Though it looks at influential Sufi figures from Islam’s golden age, the book’s scope is timeless. One of the themes and contentions running through Shah’s work which differentiates it from all the others on the subject is that Sufism, though well-known for its association with Islam, actually antedates Islam and monotheistic religion, and reaches back to ant ...more
Toni
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new paper back and e book edition is now out. Paper back Oct 2014 and The e-book just now April 2015.

A compass of learning and teaching, impossible to encompass. A book that both, by passes and contains the intellect. A book that has changed the way, the world looks at the world.
It has changed the way I look out from the 'prison bars,' containing within itself, a myriad twinkling stars, ready to shine, a millimetre further, at each reading.
I remember the impact it had on me, in the early seven
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Dan Sperling
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Until Idries Shah’s seminal book THE SUFIS was published more than a half-century ago, most people in the West knew next to nothing about the subject – and what little they did know was likely to be erroneous. THE SUFIS remedied that so effectively that it remains the definitive work on Sufism to this day, and the world into which it gives a tantalizing glimpse is one of unsuspected breadth, sophistication and relevance to the human condition. With deft scholarship and eloquent prose, Shah shows ...more
Ulrika Eriksson
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read The Sufis by Idries Shah, 1924-1996, many times since the first time 1996 in my ongoing self bettering work. It was thanks to Doris Lessing, who I also admire immensely, that I found my way to Idries Shah. Sufism is not accessible through ordinary rational and logical thinking and so it can not be understood just by reading books but they can serve as a bridge leading from the ordinary, attenuated or embryonic human consciousness into greater perception and realization, writes Idries ...more
Rob Springer
The book review has it wrong. It describes Sufis as "A unique and little-known religion..." Sufism is an outgrowth of Islam. I'm not conversant enough with either to say that Sufism is to Islam as Buddhism is to Hinduism, but the historical connection is there.

As for the book, I read it in 1977 and remembered it for the Nasrudin stories. I bought it recently, and as I started reading it, I realized all the wisdom thyat I remembered must have been in the Nasrudin stories. Outside of those, as mu
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James
Mar 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the pure of heart
One comes away with the idea of Sufi thought, while now closely associated with Islam, as pre-dating and encompassing all known religious thought. Written from the point of view of an adept, one feels one has touched but a tiny piece of something pure and sacred.
John Richards
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Almost two decades ago, Doris Lessing wrote: 'I met Idries Shah because of 'The Sufis', which seemed to me the most surprising book I had ever read, and yet it was as if I had been waiting to read just that book all my life. It is a cliché to say that such and such a book changed one’s life, but that book changed mine. That was in 1964. It is a book that gives up more of itself every time you read it, and this is true of his other books, which all together make up a phenomenon like nothing else ...more
Glenn Davisson
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first read this book many years ago, I was shocked by the information that I was exposed to. There were very many radical ideas being promulgated by the author. More than a few of those ideas challenged the underpinnings of my worldview. It was a challenge to Western consensus reality. I did not accept the author's assertions on face value. Some of the things he was suggesting that were true, if he was right, would mean that many beliefs I held were based on inaccurate and/or incomplete i ...more
Gwen
Apr 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really excited to read this book when I first got it. Quite a few people that I know talk about Indries Shah and his writing. The way the book is written wasn't really all that interesting to me and eventually I became bored. I don't want to be offensive here. There are wonderful parts of this book, but there are also a good number of parts in this book where my eyes glazed over a little bit (especially the many parts where the numerical values and many many definitions of words were laid ...more
Claire
Jul 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found this interesting, especially with the introduction by The Classicist R. Graves, but the Marx quote referring to religion as the opiate of the masses made me refuse to embrace this middle eastern mindset.

What also brought caution to approach the languages and cultures immediately south and east of the Mediterranean was an innate fear of foreigners, even if couscous tastes nice and Yury taught me how to write allahu akhbar in Farsi so it's not as scary.

What might help assuage my nerves a
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Borut
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Remember Socrates who used to say: “I only know that I know nothing.” The less one knows the easier it is to judge!??:) So, let me say this: I personally love to see Sufism as an organic and evolutionary school of practical philosophy directed by the Teacher of the Age – the most enlightened human being of any particular moment in time. Idries Shah must have been such a teacher. And The Sufis may well be an example of a book written by the Sufi Teacher of the Age. Go now, judge.
Lenny Hall
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books by Idries Shah
Sincerae
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: islam, sufi-islam
Idries Shah's interesting and sometimes complex book gives a kind of history of Sufism along with some of Christianity's similarities to Sufic thought.
Sam Parkes
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


The Sufis is a book designed to bridge the gap between the modern 'scientific' ways of thinking of the West (so often mechanistic, reductionist) and the premodern ideas of the ancient Near and Middle East. Through a dissemination of poetry, folk tale, lore, allegory and alchemy- militating against the dead end, literal minded thinking that the rationalist tradition of the West can foster- The Sufis acts as both historical insight and present day guide for the development of human potential.

Sufis
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John
Jun 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I checked out The Sufis by Idries Shah on a whim. I ran across it while looking for his English translations of the “Tales of Nasrudin”.

I’ve long been fascinated by the Sufi. The works of Rumi and Omar Khayyám, of Hafiz, Ibn el-Arabi, Ghazali, and Averroës, all had powerful effects on me when I first read them, and each time I reread them. The Sufi exerted a powerful and largely unappreciated influence over the course of Western culture and history.

Mr. Shah is an esteemed author and a Sufi. I th
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Sakib
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sufism is a beautiful area of Islam, and for me, this book offered one of the best descriptions of it that I’ve read. I found it quite a heavy read, and had to re-read more than a few sentences, but such is the nature of a book that tries to elucidate in mere words the deeply spiritual Islamic sect of Sufism, which speaks the language of the heart. For that reason, I did find it a difficult read and many of the stories of Nasruddin were a bit beyond me, but it’s a fault I cannot attribute to the ...more
Pau
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A comprehensive work with many intriguing historic details, traditional proverbs, tales and sayings. It offers a fascinating and beguiling new perspective on things. Very insightful and thought-provoking.
Richard
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating and wide-ranging book about the Sufis. This book will give you a great many ideas on what to read next about Sufism.
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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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