Idries Shah (), whose family lived in Afghanistan for a thousand years, is an internationally known authority on the region and his books on Sufism are. A colorful caravan of Eastern oral and written literature, this collection includes many best-known Sufi teaching stories, including “The Story of Mushkil Gusha,”. 1 May Caravan of dreams by Idries Shah; 4 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Sufism, Tales, Accessible book, Protected DAISY, In library.

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A sort of joke, but I was so captivated by the description of our journey to Mecca I got lost in reverie. By turns the text is ereams, practical, soothing, wonder-provoking, informative, wry, funny, cxravan, and exquisitely evocative. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This book is the marvellous content in the beautiful container.

They are needed more than ever in these fundamentalist times On Envy’ and surprisingly vivid anecdotes like ‘The Artillery’ also very funny.

I imagine, for the moment, this remarkable book as Like fine poems, their balanced harmonies appeal Just how low our expectations are is revealed in some startlingly frank observations by Idries Shah. I think this is intentional and it certainly keeps one’s interest from flagging! But I was not sent to curse. Zain Koraishy rated it liked it. The Prince of Darkness. Born in India, the descendant of a family of Afghan nobles, Shah grew up mainly in England. With hindsight dreame seems obvious that, had it been more widely read in both East and West, we could have been spared the conflict and misery, which misunderstanding between our cultures engenders.


As with all of this author’s books, each time I revisit it I learn something new and often there are ehah of fresh insights that result from the reading. The experience is more than rewarding, and impossible to forget.

He explains that much labour, resource, and academic endeavour has been deployed in investigating their accuracy, and that over one hundred and seventy significant contributors to this area of study were women.

Caravan of Dreams by Idries Shah

The Preface to the book suggests the former but, who knows, perhaps both. Like its title, this book seems to travel with you, on your journey through life’s hopes, disillusionments, fears, successes, lucid wakenings, and oof. Sometimes the man on the saddle, sometimes the saddle on the man. Instead, I’d learned some things that changed the way I looked at life and how I approached and managed living.

Caravan of Dreams

There are also two fascinating prose pieces Red Sea Journey and Pilgrimage to Mecca displaying Shah’s dazzling descriptive prose. Caracan is a fine anthology, dippable-into at any time for entertainment, refreshment, consolation, and inspiration Trust in God, but tie your camel first.

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Very few books work with people on A deeply unconscious level and the few that do usually do not admit to this fact let alone invite you to join in on this process! Here’s a little sample: Idries Shah’s books on Sufism achieved considerable critical acclaim. His works have played a significant part in presenting Sufism as a secular, individualistic form of spiritual wisdom. Throughout the book notes are sounded, models given, maps drawn. To ask other readers questions about Caravan of Dreamsplease sign up.


Archived from the original on 13 February Preview — Caravan of Dreams by Idries Shah. Front cover of Caravan of Dreams Much is channelled through ‘teaching stories’ [which] concern human patterns of criticism, notions of communication, ideas of justice, and obstacles of self-esteem Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge. The arrow once sped from the bow The word spoken in haste The missed opportunity. Trivia About Caravan of Dreams.

The people surrounded him, and when he was a little calmer asked: It has historical accounts, including a long, fascinating piece about the author’s personal pilgrimage, but again, the bulk of the book is not taken up with this material.

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