Idries Shah

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Idries Shah AKA Idris Shah, né Sayed Idries el-Hashimi AKA Idres Shah

India 1924 – 1996


Comments: Sufi; taught Sufism as a universal form of wisdom that predated Islam; after John G. Bennett gave Shah a large piece of property on which to build a school and his pupil, Idries Shah made Bennett and students feel unwelcome, then sold the property and used the money for his own estate.Wicca; Fourth Way Work;


Teachers: Albertus Magnus; Mulla Nasrudin; G.I. Gurdjieff ; P. D. Ouspensky; Edward FitzGerald; Omar Khayyam; Rumi;

Students: Jack Bracelin; Robert Graves; Robert Ornstein; John G. Bennett;

Friends: Eleanor Bone; Gerald Gardner; Omar Ali-Shah, brother; Doris Lessing; Cynthia (Kashfi) Kabraji, wife;

Enemies:

Organizations: Institute for Cultural Research; Society for Understanding Fundamental Ideas (SUFI), later renamed the Institute for Cultural Research (ICR); Society for Sufi Studies (SSS).;

Author: created publishing house, Octagon Press; The Sufis, 1964; supposedly wrote Gerald Gardner, Witch, which is credited to Jack Bracelin; Oriental Magic,(1956); The Secret Lore of Magic, (1957);Tales of the Dervishes; The Way of the Sufi; Wisdom of the Idiots; A Perfumed Scorpion; The Subtleties of the Inimitable Mulla Nasrudin; A History of Secret Societies, (1962); Witches and Sorcerers, (1969); The Commanding Self, 1994; The Book Of Power;


Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idries_Shah; Witness: The autobiography of John G. Bennett; http://www.octagonpress.com/; http://www.ishk.net/ ; read him at http://darkbooks.org/pp.php?v=752597362