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by Idries Shah

  • ISBN: 0900860464
  • Category: Education & Teaching
  • Author: Idries Shah
  • Subcategory: Schools & Teaching
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Ishk Book Service (June 1, 1971)
  • Pages: 198 pages
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First published in 1971, Thinkers of the East was one of several books of Eastern practical philosophy study materials selected and arranged by Idries Shah for a contemporary readership.

First published in 1971, Thinkers of the East was one of several books of Eastern practical philosophy study materials selected and arranged by Idries Shah for a contemporary readership. Shortly before he died, Shah stated that his books form a complete course that could fulfil the function he had fulfilled while alive. As such, Thinkers of the East can be read as part of a whole course of study.

Thinkers of the East book. Though more concerned with content and Subtitled, Studies in Experientialism, Thinkers of the East is a fascinating and wide-ranging exploration of the 'action philosophy' of the Sufis. The book contains fables, stories, anecdotes, mini histories, biographical fragments, and short treatises on a wide variety of topics which are, nevertheless, related.

First published in 1971, Thinkers of the East was one of several books of Eastern practical philosophy study materials selected and arranged by. . The Elephant in the Dark is a book by the writer Idries Shah, based on lectures he delivered at the University of Geneva as Visiting Professor in 1972–1973. He was invited to speak on the topic of Salvation as a total surrender to God: an attempt at dialogue between Christians and Muslims.

Author: Idries Shah- 1982. Lundaye Pashto Folk Couplets. Binding: Hardback – 200 Pages. Customers also viewed. We ship to over 190 countries in the world. Shortly before he died, Shah stated that his books form a complete course that could fulfil the function he had fulfilled while alive Summary. Thinkers of the East consists of a series of anecdotes and brief recorded conversations between thinkers and questioners, mingled with occasional extracts, stories and legends (including.

Home Shah, Idries Thinkers of the East: Studies in Experientialism. Thomas Malone, MIT "Idries Shah provides the unique perspective that allows us to assess real motivations and social biases in a more accurate light

Home Shah, Idries Thinkers of the East: Studies in Experientialism. Thinkers of the East: Studies in Experientialism. ISBN 10: 0900860464, ISBN 13: 9780900860461. Thomas Malone, MIT "Idries Shah provides the unique perspective that allows us to assess real motivations and social biases in a more accurate light.

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The book’s author, Idries Shah, says ‘Without .

The book’s author, Idries Shah, says ‘Without direct experience of such teaching, or at least a direct recording of it, I cannot see how Eastern thought can ever be understood’. Distilled from the teachings of more than one hundred sages in three continents, this material stresses the experimental rather than the theoretical – and it is that characteristic of Sufi study which provides its impact and vitality.

First published in 1971, Thinkers of the East was one of several books of Eastern - practical philosophy study materials selected and arranged by Idries Shah for a contemporary readership. Shortly before he died, Shah stated that his books form a complete course that could fulfil the function he had.

A collection of entertaining anecdotes and "parables in action" illustrating the eminently practical and lucid approach of Eastern dervish teachers. Distilled from the teachings of more than one hundred sages in three continents, it offers an extraordinary variety of underlying themes, from "the inner significance of outward service" to "real and imagined desire".

A book of enormous breath and depth it emphasizes experience over theory and it is this characteristic of Sufic study which provides its impact and vitality.

Valuable as it is, this book's publication in the West has only recently become possible, because only recently has the West been able to accept the fluid thinking of the East and to reject the old rigid systems that have only appearance of wisdom. As a master teacher says in these pages, "The wisdom which is invisible but which sustains is a hundred times better than the appearance of wisdom, for that has itself to be sustained."


Reviews about Thinkers of the East: Studies in Experientialism (7):
Nilarius
Great to see the reissue of Thinkers of the East magically appear on my mobile on 1 June 2016. The book itself is both as direct and elusive as the electronic delivery and it is, perhaps, typical of Shah’s work that the Preface, a piece that outlines the limitations of ‘system’ and ‘organised thought’, is followed by a type of index, headed “Subjects dealt with…”, which defies the logical organization of indexes and, in this way perhaps, betrays and displays the shallow, unconscious reactions, delusions, fixations of certain readers.

The book then proceeds with a number of stories and statements culminating in a tale in which a tinsmith, by recognizing a design, escapes from “the tyranny of his captivity”. This leads to a group of interesting essay-type pieces; Ghazali on knowledge and study, Zulfikar on “The Rules of The Schools”, extracts from the Testimony of Bahauddin the Designer, plus his 20 Counsels, “The Legend of Nasrudin” and how Nasrudin “broke out of the net”, and, finally “The Sufi Quest” by Ustad Hilmi. In this last piece it is asserted that “Man….. originates from far away…- [and] -…has the opportunity of returning to his origin…”; that the Sufis use language in a special sense; that “…Sufism has two main technical objectives: (1) to show the man himself as he really is; and (2) to help him develop his real, inner self, his permanent part…”.

There’s a great deal more to be found both in that last piece and in this relatively short publication itself. While it’s always difficult to justify one book or author as being superior to another, taste being subjective, Doris Lessing refers to the many-sidedness, the depth, variety, the clarity of Shah compared with his imitators. And that, I think, is the case for Thinkers of the East. This book is an excellent example of why Shah’s work has lasted and why it is always more interesting than others in that unlikely, long-winded, often unhinged and pretentious world of so-called “Sufism” and mystical experience.
Rageseeker
I think Idries Shah has many practical things to say about spiritual advancement. It's rare to hear someone say practical things
about the actual process of spiritual enlightenment. This process is first of all focused on man's ignorance, and Idries Shah is aware
of that deficit. Removing ignorance comes first, then advancement to the life of spirit can occur.
GYBYXOH
Idries Shah is one the best sufi authors, everyone should read this book,
Macage
The Book. The Treasure. One who had found Idries Shah doesn't need to "fast" in order to survive in this "rotten information" modern world.
Yananoc
The book was sent very quickly! I love the stories inside of this book, for they are thought provoking. However, I am bummed because I think I left the book on a subway in NYC. No longer is this book mine :( but now someone else's. Enjoy!!
Arashitilar
If you are involved in a deep search for meaning in your life and not just looking to be entertained, you may appreciate Thinkers of the East. It can provide you with meaning to last several lifetimes (and each time you read it, like sipping from a life-giving elixir, you will be refreshed). It will also entertain you and the more experienced you become with life the more you will be amazed by its uncanny ability to describe the people you know and the situations you encounter in the here and now.

The books by Idries Shah are among the most unusual in the world. Their subtlety cannot be surpassed. I don't read them like I would Hemingway or Roth, for great literature, but rather because they constantly teach me new things. There are treasures beyond compare in this volume of short stories, sayings, and accounts of teachers in the past, if you know where to look for them....or if you are patient enough to wait for them to come to you and knock on your head. :-) This book and others by the same author are slowly being reissued in new versions: both in paperback and in ebook format.

PS: If you finish this book and are up to reading more by this author, I would recommend treating yourself to the marvelous World Tales: The Extraordinary Coincidence of Stories Told in All Times, before going on to something heavier. This lighter book presents new and unusual versions of the classic fairy tales many of us grew up hearing, collected from around the world. The images that accompany the tales in the original version are incredible: rich, engrossing works of art that can make you feel like you have walked into another world. It's also a book you can read to children and they will also fall in love with the pictures and magical stories within. There is also a paperback version without images and a newer, six-volume limited version available from the publisher.
Waiso
The subtitle of this fascinating book is 'Studies in Experientialism,' and the volume deals with the thought and experience of the Middle Eastern and Central Asian sages called the Sufis. In reading this collection of tales and teaching-narratives, one is soon aware of some differences between these thinkers of the East and more familiar intellectual workers, such as Western philosophers. The Sufis use a much greater range of impacts than discursive argument: their repertoire includes, for instance, tales, jokes, poetry, actions, experience, exercises, and situations in life. They seem to be trying to use these impacts to break down barriers to learning in the student's mind and behaviour, so that a person can begin their own learning process. And they haven't forgotten the admonition of Epiktetos that the first object of philosophy is living the good life -- which many Western philosophers appear to consider an aim subordinate to discursive reasoning and syllogistic coherence. I highly recommend this book for a taste of the real philosophy of the East -- as the Sufis say, 'He who tastes, knows.'

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