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Tales of the Dervishes: Teaching-Stories of the Sufi Masters over the Past Thousand Years based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Almost 30 years after first encountering 'Tales of the Dervishes' it still ranks as one of those books I¿d happily be marooned with on a desert island. The stories in 'Tales of the Dervishes' are truly magical, it's word that best decribes their effect. After repeated re-reading over the years their freshness hasn¿t diminished at all. It¿s the closest I know, as an adult, to what children may experience when hearing one of the great fairy stories. As with all Idries Shah works the writing is a delight. Shah¿s translation of Aflaki¿s ¿The Merchant and the Christian Dervish¿ resonates with economical power and shows his ability to make a story from another time and culture speak to the present moment. As a true desert island book 'Tales of the Dervishes'must do more than just entertain; and it does this with an inexhaustible wealth of intimations and insights. Read `The Dam¿ if you are nonplussed by the parlous state of the world¿s great religions; `The Cure of Human Blood¿ if you want perspectives on how faith works or `The Golden Fortune¿ if you want insights into spiritual method. What¿s most precious in humanity: elegance and profundity, passion and pity, wisdom and community ¿ all parade through the pages of 'Tales of the Dervishes'. If not a desert island maybe your bedside table.