The Way of the Sufi



The Way of the Sufi In This Wide Ranging Anthology Of Sufi Writings, Idries Shah, Who Was One Of Sufism S Leading Exponents, Offers A Broad Selection Of Poetry, Contemplations, Letters, Lectures, And Teaching Stories That Together Form An Illuminating Introduction To This Unique Body Of Thought Sufism, The Mystical Aspect Of Islam, Has Had A Dynamic And Lasting Effect On The Literature Of That Religion Its Teachings, Often Elusive And Subtle, Aim At The Perfecting And Completing Of The Human Mind In Contrast To Certain Other Beliefs And Philosophies, Sufism Is Continually Evolving And Progressing And Is Consequently Always Relevant To The Contemporary World His Work Is As Exciting As A Good Novel The Times Literary Supplement

Idries Shah Persian , 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 ea

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10 thoughts on “The Way of the Sufi

  1. Omar Tlich says:

    A good book to start reading about Sufism However, I expected a documentary type of writing The book is so full of quotes and anecdotes of famous Sufi sheikhs most of the book There is a great emphasis on how the methods of teaching change from one era to another, and one place to another The Sufi Sheikh...

  2. Kevan Bowkett says:

    This text was called a key book by Doris Lessing Written by traveller and authority on the Sufis, Idries Shah, the volume contains a great variety of material concerning the people called the Sufis, what they study, and how and why The collection includes essays, tales, jokes, themes for contemplation, statements by masters, poetry, information on Four Major Orders of Sufism and on classical teachers such as Rumi, Ghazali, Saadi, and Omar Khayyam in its variety the book seems like Middle Eastern works such as The Thousand and One Nights, or Jami s Abode of Spring or even the Bible than it is like familiar Western genres The book serves as a splendid introduction to Sufi thought and practice and the introductory essay, The Study of Sufism in the West, which helps orient the seeker with respect to contemporary Sufism, is alone worth the cost of the volume , and gives t...

  3. John Zada says:

    This book is a superb compendium of traditional tales, poetry and sayings from individual Sufis and Sufi schools over the last millennia The introduction by its compiler, the late Anglo Afghan author and experiential philosopher, Idries Shah, may be one of the most accurate and comprehensive short articles defining Sufism that exists anywhere Pages upon pages of anecdotes bursting with layers of wisdom and involving a mish mash of characters from Moro...

  4. Annie says:

    This book is a great source of information and history on Sufism A scholarly work, published first in 1970, it is still pertinent to today.It opens with an important chapter on the study of Sufism in the Western world and its limitations.Shah raises questions about how much one can learn and understand about Sufism, using books and writings which may not fully understand how Sufism works As one example, he uses modern Western debates on the meaning of the word Sufi Westerners, with our determination that there is an understandable and intellectual explanation for everything, often cannot accept that there may not be a logical explanatin.As explained in the eleventh century Revelation, the earliest Persian writings on Sufism by Hujwiri, the term Sufi has no etymology.But for decades, a common explanation by Westerners is that Sufi is similar to the Arabic word pronounced soof which means wool Those practicing Sufism wore wool, therefore this is the logical explanation Shah submits that the reason common among Sufis is that the effects of sounds are important in Sufism and the sound of the Arabic le...

  5. Ita says:

    Eight centuries after El Ghazali wrote about it, Ivan Pavlov announced the results of his experiments on dogs, and was credited with the discovery of conditioning Ghazali a Sufi s work even exceeds contemporary knowledge, according to Idries Shah He is one of a number of scientists and writers of astounding achievement, who depended for their accomplishments, not on the scientific method as we know it, or even on the intellect, but on the Sufi Way Man is made for learning, wrote El Ghazali The educational system which allowed him to develop involves the whole person Another Sufi, Baba Tahir Uryan, referred to it as the Celestial Science Others saw it as the Science of Man, and the Science of Knowledge The dying words of Mansur al Hallaj, who accepted stoning rather than abandon it, were, I recommend you to seek something of which the smallest part is worth than all goodness the Knowledge of what is true true science.Sufi writers produced, and still produce, work considered impossible by our experts in literature In the 13th century, Saadi of Shiraz spent most of his time as a wanderer, but succeeded in writing two great classics within three years These books contain the whole range of the deepest Sufi knowledge which can be put in writing, the different layers interwoven to produce a seamless whole Hakim Sanai was the author of The Walled Garden of Truth, in which there are several passages that ...

  6. Ulrika Eriksson says:

    It is easy to get lost in the jungle of texts that exists about Sufism and some doesn t represent Sufism than snake handling represents Christianity or Bingo represents Mathematics writes the author His book is meant to be an appropriate introduction with material specially chosen to be actual and suitable for our time and he wants to show the vastness and richness of Sufi ideas through the ages.Sufism invites man to push forward his own evolution It is a metaphysical system intermeshed in ordinary life that has always been here and it is equivalent to the Hermetic, Pythagorean and Platonic streams There are many definitions in the book, as well as material for contemplation and reflection, sufficient for a life time Shah takes up problems with studies of Sufism, presents different Teachers and their methods, problems typical for our time like indoctrination, institutionalization and the mixing of opinions and facts The Sufi and scholar El Ghazzali wrote, 800 years before Pavlov, about indoctrination something most of us nowadays are pron...

  7. Dan Sperling says:

    Most people know little or nothing about Sufism, and what they may have heard about it here and there is likely to be erroneous In THE WAY OF THE SUFI, Idries Shah does an excellent job of cutting straight to the chase to give the reader an unclouded glimpse of what Sufism really is The result is a book that s both eye opening and fascinating Reading it, one learns that Sufism is working towards a practical goal rather than propagating empty theory, and that the materials it makes use of must be carefully tailored to the target audience as well as to the times That s why, as Shah puts it in the introduction, THE WAY OF THE SUFI is designed to present Sufi ideas, actions and report not for the microscope or as mu...

  8. Mishko Papic says:

    The Way of the Sufi might be an ideal introductory book to the present day Sufism.It is a relatively small book but covers a fair amount of ground The way of the Sufi is a book about learning how to approach the Sufism, and in a way how not to.Book draws from the past, Islam, historical exemplars, world cultures, but it is modern, refashioned for contemporary situation and western mentality For somebody who is not much informed about the Shah s work, it might come as a surprise that stories, jokes and humour play a significant part That is not to say that material is not serious, but it is a multilayered process that allows almost any method to be used for the required result Stories scattered in this book and others of Shah s are like One Thousand and One Nights, they intersect and mix, mingle and might continue somewhere else in the material The most perplexing realization is that Sufism can be thought and probably is very often non verbally Art, music, literature, architecture, s...

  9. Najlla Habibyar says:

    I call it informative piece of literature Good to read.

  10. Cj Maddox says:

    THE WAY OF THE SUFI contains examples of almost all the different literary formats used by Idries Shah to project Sufi teachings in the modern world Teaching stories, jokes and poems modern University lectures brief histories and selections from the Classical Authors and traditional Sufi Orders sayings, doings and teachings of the great Sufi Masters Solitary and Group Contemplation themes letters, talks and interviews and Question Answer sessions.You will find selections from people like Rumi, Saadi, Khayyam, Hafiz, Hallaj, Ibn Arabi, Abdul Qadir Jilani, Bahaudin Naqshband, Junayd, al Ghazali, Ali, and the Prophet Muhammad, among many others There are even appearances by that inimitable holy fool, the Mulla Nasrudin.The result is a comprehensive effect made up of many small impacts which, in a non linear way, give an overall picture and deep impression of Sufi teaching Because of the way it s formatted, the book compresses an enormous amount of material which can be used for many years of study, contemplation, and inspiration into the size of an average book, and so it s not only efficient but economical It s also very entertaining, challenging and stimulating, showing the humor, creativity, rich...

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