Wisdom of the Idiots

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Octagon Press Ltd, 1989 - Philosophy - 179 pages
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In Idries Shah's 'Wisdom of the Idiots', the 'idiots' are Sufis, called this because their wisdom penetrates to a depth which renders it inaccessible to the merely intelligent or academically-knowledgeable. The exercise-stories of the Sufis are tools prepared for a specific purpose. On this level the movements of the characters in a story portray psychological processes, and the story becomes a working blueprint of those processes.

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User Review  - Kevan Bowkett - Goodreads

This wonderful book is full of tales and teaching-narratives of the 'Idiots' -- the Sufis. It won an award for Best Book during an international exhibition of Sufi books, part of UNESCO World Book ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ash Moran - Goodreads

This thing is completely off its tree. The short one page stories/fables range from occasionally insightful and illuminating to downright loopy. (The Cow? What is going on with The Cow?!) I also can't ... Read full review

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Idries Shah (1924-1996), whose family lived in Afghanistan for a thousand years, is an internationally known authority on the region and his books on Sufism are considered seminal. "The Sufis," first published in 1964, is a first-of-its-kind modern statement on Sufism. Shah is the author of more than twenty books and has a readership spanning East and West.

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