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  1. Neglected Aspects of Sufi Study : Beginning to Begin
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  2. Neglected Aspects of Sufi Study : Beginning to Begin

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Traditionally categorized as a form of mysticism largely centered in the Middle East, Sufism has intrigued Eastern and Western scholars for many centuries. Powerful traces of its ideas have been found in the ideas of such diverse people as Dante, the Troubadours, Shakespeare and Spinoza.

Recently, however, attention has shifted to the literary and psychological heritage of the Sufis. Idries Shah has shown, to the widespread approval of modern scholars, the affinities of Sufi sages with the sociologists, psychologists and anthropologists of today.

Based on lectures at the New School for Social Research, New York, and the University of California, San Francisco "Neglected Aspects of Sufi Study" deals with many of the problems of Sufi methods of study, especially those which militate against its effective progress in the modern world: notably the unrecognized assumptions which we make about ourselves and about learning and its processes.

In this essential book, Shah examines the psychology of his readership - our demand for cults, the consumer society, and prevailing cultural responses, East and West.

This book provides a companion to the twenty volumes of Sufi studies and literature which Shah has extracted from the literature and practice of Sufis over the past one thousand years.

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The title of this unassuming little book is not nearly as attention-grabbing as some of author Idries Shah's other works - such as WISDOM OF THE IDIOTS, LEARNING HOW TO LEARN and A PERFUMED SCORPION. But I found it to be every bit as worthwhile. Based on lectures Shah gave at the New School for Social Research in New York and the University of California in San Francisco, NEGLECTED ASPECTS OF SUFI STUDY covers many of the problems facing those interested in the kind of learning the Sufis have specialized in for centuries, which aims at greater perception and a higher form of understanding. Prominent among these problems are "the unrecognized assumptions which we make about ourselves and about learning and its processes." Among other things, Shah shows how such assumptions, which conventional education seems to have largely overlooked, constitute barriers to learning that are every bit as hindering as are high walls and locked doors - and perhaps even more so,... Read more
This book is absolute required reading, SUFI 101, for anyone seriously interested in learning in the Sufi way. It contains important information on the potential student's requirements for approaching the Sufi enterprise and finding one's way through the groups of phonies and sensation mongers. It is also a strong introduction to the Sufi style of scatter: 71 pages of continuous text with no breaks or separations. The book is so dense with content that it requires a high degree of attention to maintain contact. That attention is definitely rewarded in the reading.
Despite having been published across a broad span of time, Shah's books work best taken as a whole -- and this book arms the self-styled student with a critical tool for measuring his or her development and can help to make the leap from "here" to "there". Those unfamiliar with Idries Shah are unlikely to begin with this book, but would be well-advised to study it carefully.
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