Idries Shah Wisdom of the Idiots

ISBN 13: 9780900860102

Wisdom of the Idiots

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Because what narrow thinkers imagine to be wisdom is often seen by the Sufis to be folly, the Sufis sometimes call themselves 'the Idiots.'

The stories of these self-styled "idiots" are in fact skillfully designed exercises in which the movements of the characters portray psychological processes. The result is a working blueprint of the mind.

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A carefully chosen collection of illustrative stories, narratives, and anecdotes, which illustrate experiential philosophy and action training, used in Sufi teaching. The Sufis are the thinkers who called themselves "idiots" in contrast to the self-styled "wise". The stories of these self-styled "idiots" are in fact skillfully designed exercises in which the movements of the characters portray psychological processes.

Widely acclaimed for its entertainment value and psychological interest it gained the citation "Best Book" at the Buenos Aires International Exhibition of Sufi books held in conjunction with UNESCO's World Book Year.

The celebrated writer Nina Epton said in a BBC broadcast: "Seeds that Idries Shah sows in our Western path are chosen by a discerning modern mind, with a profound knowledge of the East and West. The best spiritual traditions, interpreted afresh, are applied by Idries Shah to our contemporary world. This is his contribution to our spiritual equipment - which consequently now finds itself considerably enriched."

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A carefully chosen collection of illustrative anecdotes and stories used in Sufi teaching.

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