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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 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. Wisdom of the Idiots has been awarded many prizes, including two gold medals, one for being "Best Book", in conjunction with UNESCO's World Book Year.

©1969 Idries Shah Foundation (P)2016 Idries Shah Foundation

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The book causes many paradigm shifts in mind. The teaching is through stories which one can relate to real world. Some of these stories have very deep meanings. Such works are true inheritance from those who thought well and lived well. This is my first book on Sufism. I felt as if I am introduced to treasures of human wisdom with its practical application. Reading this story and their analysis and meaning, causes instant paradigm shifts in minds which are ready and hungry for wisdom. The language is lucid. The listening is a profound pleasure. This is what I think. I also wish that prices are lower so that more and more human being can be benefited.

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  • 11-28-16

"...the sharpened knife ..."

"...the exercised arm..."

Appropriate tales told appropriately to an appropriate audience. An interesting format to explore.