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The Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin: Shah, Idries

The Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin

Shah, Idries

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ISBN 10: 0863040225 / ISBN 13: 9780863040221
Published by The Octagon Press, London, 1983
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New edition of this collection of stories and parables by Idries Shah, centred around the character of Mulla Nasrudin; toning to text block and edges of pages throughout, o.w. Very Good; dustwrapper sunned to spine, o.w. Very Good. Dustwrapper. 107pp. 8vo. Very Good in Very Good dustwrapper Very Good in Very Good dustwrapper. Bookseller Inventory # 18905

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Title: The Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla ...

Publisher: The Octagon Press, London

Publication Date: 1983

Binding: hardbound

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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"Perfectly designed models for isolating and holding distortions of the mind which so often pass for reasonable behavior." --Idries Shah

Today we find him in a high-level physics report, illustrating phenomena that can't be described in ordinary technical terms. He appears in psychology textbooks, illuminating the workings of the mind in a way no straightforward explanation can.

Here, in three definitive volumes, Idries Shah takes us to the very heart of this mysterious mentor, the Mulla Nasrudin. Skillful contemporary retellings of hundreds of collected stories and sayings bring the unmistakable--often backhanded--wisdom, wit and charm of the timeless jokester to life.

The Mulla and his stories appear in literature and oral traditions from the Middle East to Greece, Russia, France--even China. Many nations claim Nasrudin as a native son, the Turks going so far as to exhibit a grave with his date of death as 386. But nobody really knows who he was or where he came from.

According to a legend dating from at least the 13th century, Nasrudin was snatched as a schoolboy from the clutches of the "Old Villain"--the crude system of thought that ensnares man--to carry through the ages the message of how to escape. He was chosen because he could make people laugh, and humor has a way of slipping through the cracks of the most rigid thinking habits.

Today--as they have for centuries--the Sufis use these stories as teaching exercises, in part to momentarily "freeze" situations in which states of mind can be recognized. In these delightful volumes, Shah not only gives the Mulla a proper vehicle for our times, he proves that the centuries-old stories and quips of Nasrudin are still some of the funniest jokes in the world.

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As the urgency of our global situation becomes apparent, more and more readers are turning to the books of Idries Shah (1924-1996) as a way to train new capacities and new ways of thinking.

Shah has been described as "the most significant worker adapting classical spiritual thought to the modern world." His lively, contemporary books have sold over 15 million copies in 12 languages worldwide and have been awarded many prizes. They have been reviewed by The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Times, The Tribune, The Telegraph, and numerous other international journals and newspapers.

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