The Book of the Book

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The Book of the Book
The Book of the Book cover, ISF Publishing edition.jpg
Book cover
Author Idries Shah
Cover artist Renata Alvares
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Sufism
Published 1969-2016
Publisher The Idries Shah Foundation ISF Publishing.
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback & eBook).
Pages 278
ISBN 9781784790783
OCLC 16228770
Preceded by The Pleasantries of the Incredible Mulla Nasrudin
Followed by Wisdom of the Idiots

The Book of the Book is a book by Idries Shah. The majority of the book's 200 pages are blank, with the remaining nine pages used to explain that the book is intended as an important lesson.

Lawrence Paul Elwell-Sutton writing for The New York Review of Books said, "I suppose his admirers among the Hampstead intelligentsia will have swallowed this buffoonery with the same enthusiasm with which they have gulped down the rest."[1]

A review in Studies in Comparative Religion called it "little more than a publisher's gimmick."[2]


  1. ^ Elwell-Sutton, L. P.; Lessing, Doris (July 2, 1970). "The Mysterious East". The New York Review of Books. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  2. ^ R.N.J.A. (Summer 1970). "The Book of the Book by Idries Shah" (PDF). Studies in Comparative Religion. World Wisdom, Inc. 4 (3). Retrieved 2017-01-22. 

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