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"One of the tragedies of modern times is that people have come to believe that something said by someone in the past, perhaps for illustrative or provocation purposes, actually represents that person's beliefs at the time." -- Idries Shah
Idries Shah (16 June, 1924 – 23 November, 1996) (), also known as Idris Shah, n Sayed Idries el-Hashimi (Arabic: ??? ????? ?????), 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 educational charity devoted to the study of human behaviour and culture. A similar organisation, the Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge (ISHK), exists in the United States, under the directorship of Stanford University psychology professor Robert Ornstein, whom Shah appointed as his deputy in the U.S.

In his writings, Shah presented Sufism as a universal form of wisdom that predated Islam. Emphasising that Sufism was not static but always adapted itself to the current time, place and people, he framed his teaching in Western psychological terms. Shah made extensive use of traditional teaching stories and parables, texts that contained multiple layers of meaning designed to trigger insight and self-reflection in the reader. He is perhaps best known for his collections of humorous Mulla Nasrudin stories.

Shah was at times criticised by orientalists who questioned his credentials and background. His role in the controversy surrounding a new translation of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, published by his friend Robert Graves and his older brother Omar Ali-Shah, came in for particular scrutiny. However, he also had many notable defenders, chief among them the novelist Doris Lessing. Shah came to be recognised as a spokesman for Sufism in the West and lectured as a visiting professor at a number of Western universities. His works have played a significant part in presenting Sufism as a secular, individualistic form of spiritual wisdom.

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Total Books: 264
The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water English-Pashto Edition
2017 - The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water English-pashto Edition [Hoopoe Teaching-Stories] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781944493578
ISBN-10: 1944493573
Genre: Children's Books
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The Man and the Fox English-Pashto Edition
2017 - The Man and the Fox English-pashto Edition [Hoopoe Teaching-Stories] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781944493585
ISBN-10: 1944493581
Genre: Children's Books
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The Old Woman and the Eagle English-Pashto Edition
2017 - The Old Woman and the Eagle English-pashto Edition [Hoopoe Teaching-Stories] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781944493615
ISBN-10: 1944493611
Genre: Children's Books
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The Farmer's Wife English-Pashto Edition
2017 - The Farmer's Wife English-pashto Edition [Hoopoe Teaching-Stories] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781944493622
ISBN-10: 194449362X
Genre: Children's Books
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The Silly Chicken English-Pashto Edition
2017 - The Silly Chicken English-pashto Edition [Hoopoe Teaching-Stories] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781944493639
ISBN-10: 1944493638
Genre: Children's Books
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The Book of the Book
2016 - The Book of the Book (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781784790813
ISBN-10: 1784790818
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Politics & Social Sciences
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The Magic Horse English-Urdu Edition
2016 - The Magic Horse English-urdu Edition (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781942698760
ISBN-10: 1942698763
Genre: Children's Books
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Thinkers of the East
2016 - Thinkers of the East (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781784790639
ISBN-10: 178479063X
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Politics & Social Sciences
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Destination Mecca
2016 - Destination Mecca (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781784790578
ISBN-10: 1784790575
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Politics & Social Sciences
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Reflections
2015 - Reflections (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781784790189
ISBN-10: 1784790184
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Politics & Social Sciences
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The Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin
The Sufis
2014 - The Sufis (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781784790004
ISBN-10: 1784790001
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Politics & Social Sciences
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Pensadores de Oriente
2010 - Pensadores De Oriente [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788472452077
ISBN-10: 8472452077
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Nonfiction
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Caravana de sueos
2010 - Caravana De Sueos [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788472454408
ISBN-10: 8472454401
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Nonfiction
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Wisdom of the Idiots
2009 - Wisdom of the Idiots [Chinese Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782909347158
ISBN-10: 290934715X
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Los sufis
2007 - Los Sufis (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788472453395
ISBN-10: 8472453391
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Nonfiction
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Die drei Wahrheiten
2007 - Die Drei Wahrheiten (Other)
ISBN-13: 9783451070655
ISBN-10: 3451070650
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Aprende a Saber / Knowing How to Know
2006 - Aprende a Saber / Knowing How to Know [Orientalia - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788449319068
ISBN-10: 8449319064
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Nonfiction
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Fatima the Spinner and the Tent
2006 - Fatima the Spinner and the Tent [Teaching Story] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781883536428
ISBN-10: 1883536421
Genre: Children's Books
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The Man and the Fox
2006 - The Man and the Fox (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781883536602
ISBN-10: 188353660X
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction
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The Farmer's Wife
2005 - The Farmer's Wife (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781883536671
ISBN-10: 1883536677
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2004 - Contes Initiatiques Des Soufis [French Edition] (Paperback)
1997 - Una Gacela Velada [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
1991 - The Way of the Sufi [Penguin Arkana] (Paperback)
1982 - Observations [Sufi Research Series] (Paperback)
1972 - Secret Lore of Magic [Abacus Books] (Paperback)Paperback
Evenings with Idries Shah [Sufi Research Series] (Paperback)
Letters and Lectures [Sufi Research Series] (Paperback)
El Hombre Y El Zorro [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Hardcover
El Hombre Maleduco [Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)