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A unique and little-known religion, Sufism follows a mystical teaching and a way of life that has had an enormous though largely unrecognized impact on both the East and West for four thousand years.  This authoritative book fills a colossal gap in Western documentation of Eastern subjects.

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"Important historically and culturally." Los Angeles Times

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"...the best introduction to the body of Shah's work...one is ... forced to use one's mind in a new way." Doris Lessing, New York Times Book Review, May 7, 1971

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"... an astonishing book ... The Sufis must be the biggest society of sensible men there has ever been on earth." Ted Hughes, The Listener, October 29, 1964

Synopsis:

First published in 1964, Idries Shah's definitive work, The Sufis, completely overturned Western misconceptions of Sufism, revealing a great spiritual and psychological tradition encompassing many of the world's greatest thinkers: Rumi, Omar Khayyam, Ibn El-Arabi, Al-Ghazzali, Sadi, Attar, Francis of Assisi and many others.

The spiritual and psychological tradition of Sufism was regarded, before this pioneering book was published, as the preserve of ecstatic religionists and a small number of Oriental scholars, who treated it in the main as a minority cult.

The Sufis is the pivotal work which heralded the revelation of the astonishing richness and variety of Sufi thought and its contribution to human culture contained in Idries Shah's many books on the subject.

The astonishing impact of Sufism on the development of Western civilization from the seventh century is traced through the work of Roger Bacon, John of the Cross, Raymond Lully, and Chaucer. Many of the greatest traditions, ideas and discoveries of the West are traced to the teachings and writings of Sufi masters working centuries ago.

But The Sufis is far more than an historical account. In the tradition of the great Sufi classics, the deeper appeal of this remarkable book is in its ability to function as an active instrument of instruction, in a way that is so clearly relevant to our time and culture.

Today, studies in Sufism, notably through Shah's research and publication, are pursued in centers of higher learning throughout the world, in the fields of psychology, sociology, anthropology, and many other areas of current human concern.

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Robert T, May 29, 2006 (view all comments by Robert T)
A truly unique and indispensible survey of the, uh, religion?...psychologic framework?...anthropologic technique?...science and method of human development?...that Shah portrays in this wide-ranging sketch of Sufi thought, insight, and accomplishment. There's something here for all True Believers not to like, whether they're academics, dancing/praying/dreamy devotees, or Islamic partisans--no one who espouses a settled point of view will avoid being irritated, if not enraged, by this book. Though sometimes dismissed as a compendium of warmed-over, speculative, and poorly documented essays on various aspects of the Islamic-Western philosophic dialog, The Sufis has been in print for more than 40 years, and has to be considered a "must read" book for anyone interested in the topic.

Setting aside the background controversy, there are those who, looking back at the historic 'revival' roles of al-Ghazali, ibn el-Arabi, and Rumi, suggest that this book is intended to jolt an effete and faltering Sufi community out of its slumber --and that the book is itself an example of Sufi "action teaching," meant not just to inform but to embody the (occasionally uncomfortable) encounter between qualified teacher and capable student. That was essentially the contention of Robert Graves, whose long-ago introduction noted that The Sufis is intended for the reader who will instantly recognize it as addressed to him/herself.

Whether merely sampling the sketches of historically important Sufi thinker/exemplars, enjoying the many teaching stories (such as the prefatory "The Islanders" or Nasrudin anecdotes), or dipping into strange and provocative material not previously available anywhere in the west ("The Book of the Dervishes," and "The Dervish Orders," for example), The Sufis will reward the reader who comes to it with healthily skeptical curiosity and gives it time to be absorbed.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385079662
Author:
Shah, Idries
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Taoism
Subject:
Sufism
Subject:
Islam - Sufism
Subject:
Islam - Sufi
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Metaphysics-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
811
Publication Date:
May 1975
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8 x 5.14 x 1.04 in 0.75 lb

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Product details 480 pages Anchor Books/Doubleday - English 9780385079662 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Important historically and culturally."
"Review" by , "...the best introduction to the body of Shah's work...one is ... forced to use one's mind in a new way."
"Review" by , "... an astonishing book ... The Sufis must be the biggest society of sensible men there has ever been on earth."
"Synopsis" by , First published in 1964, Idries Shah's definitive work, The Sufis, completely overturned Western misconceptions of Sufism, revealing a great spiritual and psychological tradition encompassing many of the world's greatest thinkers: Rumi, Omar Khayyam, Ibn El-Arabi, Al-Ghazzali, Sadi, Attar, Francis of Assisi and many others.

The spiritual and psychological tradition of Sufism was regarded, before this pioneering book was published, as the preserve of ecstatic religionists and a small number of Oriental scholars, who treated it in the main as a minority cult.

The Sufis is the pivotal work which heralded the revelation of the astonishing richness and variety of Sufi thought and its contribution to human culture contained in Idries Shah's many books on the subject.

The astonishing impact of Sufism on the development of Western civilization from the seventh century is traced through the work of Roger Bacon, John of the Cross, Raymond Lully, and Chaucer. Many of the greatest traditions, ideas and discoveries of the West are traced to the teachings and writings of Sufi masters working centuries ago.

But The Sufis is far more than an historical account. In the tradition of the great Sufi classics, the deeper appeal of this remarkable book is in its ability to function as an active instrument of instruction, in a way that is so clearly relevant to our time and culture.

Today, studies in Sufism, notably through Shah's research and publication, are pursued in centers of higher learning throughout the world, in the fields of psychology, sociology, anthropology, and many other areas of current human concern.

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