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Hazanas del Incomparable Mula Nasrudin = The Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  334 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Paperback, 229 pages
Published October 27th 1991 by Ediciones Paidos Iberica (first published 1974)
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Maureen
Jun 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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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Ned Rifle
Dec 05, 2012 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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Kike Ogundipe
I chose to read this book because my Dad would always tell my sister and I stories from it to teach us morals, and once I was older I read the full book of tales.

I enjoyed the simple, but humorous stories in the book, and the morals it taught.

I learnt many important lessons and morals from this book, and I still use some of the morals taught by Mulla Nasrudin, especially the tale in which Mulla Nasrudin goes to a bath house and teaches that you should treat all customers the same.

I was interest
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Kevan Bowkett
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ulrika Eriksson
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Kevan Bowkett
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The stories are quick enough to read between rail-stops, but the lessons have a pleasant aftertaste.
Doria
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't love this collection of Nasrudin tales the way I expected to. After all, who doesn't adore the wily, foolish and absurd antics of our favorite Mulla? The tellings were short - sometimes abruptly so - which wouldn't be a problem in and of itself, except that sometimes they were oddly unclear. Many were pithy and wryly hilarious, as hoped for. Others were merely abstruse and puzzling, which I suppose is how many people feel when encountering Nasrudin. But the tales as presented here are i ...more
Leonard Robichaud
Another installment in the Nasrudin series: a compilation of "jokes" featuring the enigmatic figure of Mulla Nasrudin. As always when Nasrudin is involved, be prepared to be surprised, bemused, and even to laugh out loud. And again, as always, don't bother trying to "puzzle out" the meaning of the stories, rather let yourself experience them and turn them over in your mind. Like all the Nasrudin books, you'll want to dip into this one again and again over the years.
Ryan
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A series of short parables featuring Nasrudin, a Seljuk (?) holy fool character. There is a variety to be found: some of the stories appear to be simple jokes, while others apparently work on multiple levels. It seems the intent is to use humor to shock the mind out of its ordinary patterns and habits as a means toward some spiritual or psychological insight. Short and sweet.

"It's not true unless it makes you laugh"- Robert Anton Wilson
Gerry Cullen
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Discovered Shahs books back in the 70's while living in England for five years. Have read and reread all of them. It is simply an astounding body of work. The most insightful and thoughtful corpus that brings me back and back. A graduate level impact on life itself.
Victoria
Ingenioso en unas partes y muy bobo en otras, pero ligero e inocente, como para lectura Infantil.
Pau
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great timeless short tales. An original thought-provoking fool.
Mavromou
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este es un muy interesante libro para introducirse en la sabiduría de los sufis.

El Mula Nasrudin es todo un personaje, con una manera muy particular de pensar y actuar que llama a la reflexión.
Anirudh
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i should probably give it 3 stars because the whole book is just one idea. But the impact it has created on me is 5 stars. Must read.
Toni
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'I am here because of you and you are here because of me...'
That is something to think about.
These stories assist the mind to make sense of itself: templates.
'Learning The Hard Way' and 'The Value Of The Past' particularly appeal..
Learning the Hard Way.
If you tell somebody something in so many words it will like as not slide off him and not be absorbed. Practical methods are essential.
A fakir called Nasrudin down from the roof of his house on which he was working. When the Mulla got to the groun
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WJ
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new edition of The Exploits published 2014. It has so many well-known stories – made so in the West largely through the efforts of Idries Shah – that to pick, say, the inexplicability of Nasrudin, “a perfected man”, down on his knees, looking for his key in the light – is to overlook the impossibility of The Cat and The Meat, the circularity of Why We Are Here, - and so many others. Shah provides explanations in a chapter of The Sufis and in his “author’s proof” on the ISF page, ISF Archive. T ...more
SarahJaneSmith
Witty, at least most of the time.
My favorite:
A monk said to Nasrudin: "I am so detached that I never think of myself, only of others." Nasrudin answered: "I am so objective that I can look at myself as if I were another person; so I can afford to think of myself."
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.
Lysergius
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating collection of tales from Persia which purport to have deeper meanings.
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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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