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The Resource Tales of the dervishes : teaching-stories of the Sufi masters over the past thousand years, selected from the Sufi classics, from oral tradition, from unpublished manuscripts and schools of Sufi teaching in many countries

Tales of the dervishes : teaching-stories of the Sufi masters over the past thousand years, selected from the Sufi classics, from oral tradition, from unpublished manuscripts and schools of Sufi teaching in many countries

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Tales of the dervishes : teaching-stories of the Sufi masters over the past thousand years
Title
Tales of the dervishes
Title remainder
teaching-stories of the Sufi masters over the past thousand years
Statement of responsibility
selected from the Sufi classics, from oral tradition, from unpublished manuscripts and schools of Sufi teaching in many countries
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
From the Blurb: Although enormously attractive as sheer entertainment, dervish tales are never presented merely on the level of fable, legend or folklore. They stand comparison in wit, construction and piquancy with the finest stories of any culture, yet their true function as Sufi teaching-stories is so little known in the modern world that no technical or popular term exists to describe them. For centuries, dervish masters have instructed their disciples by means of these tales, which are held to contain powers of increasing perception unknown to the ordinary man. Some tales are meant to be told only to people who have received a certain mystical preparation; some are deliberately restricted in their currency to people of certain cultural traditions. Idries Shah spent many years travelling three continents to collect and compare oral versions of these remarkable stories. In one form or another, many of them have found their way into the literary traditions of both East and West. His anthology, presented in the dervish manner, contains stories drawn from the repertoires of dervish masters over a period of more than a thousand years
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1924-1996
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Shah, Idries
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Tales
  • Sufism
  • Sufis
Label
Tales of the dervishes : teaching-stories of the Sufi masters over the past thousand years, selected from the Sufi classics, from oral tradition, from unpublished manuscripts and schools of Sufi teaching in many countries
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Publication
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- Tales of the dervishes: -- Three fishes -- Food of paradise -- When the waters were changed -- Tale of the sands -- Blind ones and the matter of the elephant -- Dog, the stick and the sufi -- How to catch monkeys -- Ancient coffer of Nuri Bey -- Three truths -- Sultan who became an exile -- Story of fire -- Ogre and the sufi -- Merchant and the Christian dervish -- Golden fortune -- Candlestick of iron -- Strike on this spot -- Why the clay birds flew away -- Gnat namouss-and the elephant -- Idiot, the wise man and the jug -- Wayward princess -- Bequest -- Oath -- Idiot in the great city -- Founding of a tradition -- Fatima the spinner and the tent -- Gates of paradise -- Man who was aware of death -- Man who was easily angered -- Dog and the donkey -- Carrying shoes -- Man who walked on water -- Ant and the dragonfly -- Story of tea -- King who decided to be generous -- Cure of human blood -- Dam -- Three dervishes -- Four magic treasures -- Dreams and the loaf of bread -- Bread and jewels -- Limitations of dogma -- Fisherman and the genie -- Time, the place and the people -- Parable of the three domains -- Valuable-and worthless -- Bird and the egg -- Three pieces of advice -- Mountain path -- Snake and the peacock -- Water of paradise -- Horseman and the snake -- Isa and the doubters -- In the street of the perfume-sellers -- Parable of the greedy sons -- Nature of discipleship -- Initiation of Malik Dinar -- Idiot and the browsing camel -- Three jewelled rings -- Man with the inexplicable life -- Man whose time was wrong -- Maruf the cobbler -- Wisdom for sale -- King and the poor boy -- Three teachers and the muleteers -- Bayazid and the selfish man -- People who attain -- Wayfarer, strangeness and savetime -- Timur Agha and the speech of animals -- Indian bird -- When death came to Baghdad -- Grammarian and the dervish -- Dervish and the princess -- Increasing of necessity -- Man who looked only at the obvious -- How knowledge was earned -- Lamp shop -- Chariot -- Lame man and the blind man -- Servants and the house -- Generous man -- Host and the guests -- King's son -- Appendix: Authors and teachers, in chronological order
Control code
55138
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
221 pages
Lccn
68059638
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)715897
Label
Tales of the dervishes : teaching-stories of the Sufi masters over the past thousand years, selected from the Sufi classics, from oral tradition, from unpublished manuscripts and schools of Sufi teaching in many countries
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- Tales of the dervishes: -- Three fishes -- Food of paradise -- When the waters were changed -- Tale of the sands -- Blind ones and the matter of the elephant -- Dog, the stick and the sufi -- How to catch monkeys -- Ancient coffer of Nuri Bey -- Three truths -- Sultan who became an exile -- Story of fire -- Ogre and the sufi -- Merchant and the Christian dervish -- Golden fortune -- Candlestick of iron -- Strike on this spot -- Why the clay birds flew away -- Gnat namouss-and the elephant -- Idiot, the wise man and the jug -- Wayward princess -- Bequest -- Oath -- Idiot in the great city -- Founding of a tradition -- Fatima the spinner and the tent -- Gates of paradise -- Man who was aware of death -- Man who was easily angered -- Dog and the donkey -- Carrying shoes -- Man who walked on water -- Ant and the dragonfly -- Story of tea -- King who decided to be generous -- Cure of human blood -- Dam -- Three dervishes -- Four magic treasures -- Dreams and the loaf of bread -- Bread and jewels -- Limitations of dogma -- Fisherman and the genie -- Time, the place and the people -- Parable of the three domains -- Valuable-and worthless -- Bird and the egg -- Three pieces of advice -- Mountain path -- Snake and the peacock -- Water of paradise -- Horseman and the snake -- Isa and the doubters -- In the street of the perfume-sellers -- Parable of the greedy sons -- Nature of discipleship -- Initiation of Malik Dinar -- Idiot and the browsing camel -- Three jewelled rings -- Man with the inexplicable life -- Man whose time was wrong -- Maruf the cobbler -- Wisdom for sale -- King and the poor boy -- Three teachers and the muleteers -- Bayazid and the selfish man -- People who attain -- Wayfarer, strangeness and savetime -- Timur Agha and the speech of animals -- Indian bird -- When death came to Baghdad -- Grammarian and the dervish -- Dervish and the princess -- Increasing of necessity -- Man who looked only at the obvious -- How knowledge was earned -- Lamp shop -- Chariot -- Lame man and the blind man -- Servants and the house -- Generous man -- Host and the guests -- King's son -- Appendix: Authors and teachers, in chronological order
Control code
55138
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
221 pages
Lccn
68059638
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)715897

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