Relaunch: The Subtleties of the Inimitable Mulla Nasrudin

Relaunch: The Subtleties of the Inimitable Mulla Nasrudin

Mulla Nasrudin Last month, ISF relaunched The Subtleties of the Inimitable Mulla Nasrudin. It’s a selection of tales about the eponymous Middle Eastern joke character Mulla Nasrudin. The jokes are widespread- the Mulla is called Goha in Egypt (Joha in other Arab...
A Stream of Stories Flows Through My Veins

A Stream of Stories Flows Through My Veins

by Victor-M Amela, of the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, interviews Tahir Shah. [Translation from the original Spanish piece which appeared in La Vanguardia on 2 August 2018.] TAHIR SHAH, son and representative of the Sufi writer Idries Shah I’m 51. I was born in...
The Sirdar Ikbal Ali Shah

The Sirdar Ikbal Ali Shah

by Professor L.F. Rushbrook Williams* Sirdar Ikbal Ali Shah, the father of Idries Shah, belonged to a family of Muswi Saiyids directly descended from Ali Musa Raza, the eighth Imam, and thus from the Prophet Mohammed himself. For centuries, this family has provided...
Empathy and the Mind

Empathy and the Mind

Thinking about thinking and empathy An important characteristic which distinguishes the work of Idries Shah from that of many other 20th-century exponents of Eastern thought is the emphasis placed on behaviour, ideas, stories and jokes which encourage flexible...
Doris Lessing and The Sufis

Doris Lessing and The Sufis

Doris Lessing’s personal letters indicate that Idries Shah’s re-presentation of Sufi teaching was a turning point in the later period of Lessing’s life and work. The Sufis was published early in 1964, and Lessing sent her first letter to Shah, the book’s author,...