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October 16

Special Problems in the Study of Sufi ideas by Idries Shah This tiny book is invaluable in helping us come to grips with Sufi thought and practice. It is shocking that such a tiny book can be so wide-ranging and useful. It details what typically blocks our understanding and how to recognize what is genuine. ...more

September 03

Kara Kush by Idries Shah
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read in September, 2019
Idries Shah used eye witness testimony from freedom fighters, refugees and relatives to pen his gripping novel of Afghan courage, independence and struggle against Soviet tyranny. Most of its remarkable and dastardly characters actually existed. Kara ...more

August 12

Kara Kush by Idries Shah
"I read this book when it was first published in 1987, and then it was a story of heroism and villainy and fierce independence and gold treasure and adventure and war…and especially of hope. I loved it. The story, the characters—all based on real p..." Read more of this review »

July 24

World Tales by Idries Shah
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Idries Shah spent 35 years researching written and oral sources to create this classic anthology of the world’s most durable and enduring stories. World Tales contains stunning versions of stories that have recurred in largest number of classical col ...more

June 09

World Tales by Idries Shah
"I read this book throughout my childhood and the incredible pictures, along with the beautifully written stories are probably a major factor in who I am and me following a career as an artist today. The power of this book lies in the universality..." Read more of this review »

June 02

Oriental Magic by Idries Shah
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First published over 60 years ago, Idries Shah’s Oriental Magic remains a classic. For five years Shah examined rare artifacts and obscure manuscripts, travelling to remote areas in a dozen regions where magic persists. Neither credulous or skeptical ...more

May 21

Aubrey Davis and 2 other people liked Dan Sperling's review of Oriental Magic:
Oriental Magic by Idries Shah
"ORIENTAL MAGIC is a fascinating, clear-eyed look at a difficult and potentially confusing subject. Author Idries Shah avoids the twin pitfalls of knee-jerk skepticism and foolish credulity, approaching the topic with an open yet critical mind. He..." Read more of this review »

April 24

Tales of the Dervishes by Idries Shah
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Haunting, puzzling and often funny, these 82 ancient tales from the East beg to be reread. And if you do, you may find even more in these evocative, often shocking tales and in yourself too. Somehow they sneak inside, later popping up, changing how y ...more

April 08

The Elephant in the Dark by Idries Shah
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THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN & MUSLIM FRIENDSHIP “The important place held by Jesus among the world's six hundred million Moslems... and the agreement of both religions about the necessity for surrender to God as the means of salvation, thus m ...more