Idries Shah

1924 - 1996

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Idries Shah (; Hindi: इदरीस शाह, Pashto: ادريس شاه, Urdu: ادریس شاه; 16 June 1924 – 23 November 1996), also known as Idris Shah, né Sayed Idries el-Hashimi (Arabic: سيد إدريس هاشمي) and by the pen name Arkon Daraul, was an Indian author and thinker, and a teacher in the Sufi tradition. Shah wrote over three dozen books on topics ranging from psychology and spirituality to travelogues and culture studies. Born in India, the descendant of a family of Afghan nobles on his father's side and a Scottish mother, Shah grew up mainly in England. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Idries Shah has received more than 364,347 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Idries Shah is the 2,067th most popular writer (up from 2,197th in 2019), the 205th most popular biography from India (up from 216th in 2019) and the 36th most popular Indian Writer.

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Among writers, Idries Shah ranks 2,067 out of 5,794Before him are Leonora Christina Ulfeldt, John Fletcher, Bella Akhmadulina, Parthenius of Nicaea, Pjetër Bogdani, and Pedro Antonio de Alarcón. After him are Clark Ashton Smith, Uri Orlev, Philippe Sollers, Anthony Ulrich, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Joseph Joffo, and Albert Gleizes.

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Among people born in 1924, Idries Shah ranks 129Before him are Lefter Küçükandonyadis, Daniel Inouye, Raymond Barre, Yuri Bondarev, Alexander Haig, and Yehuda Amichai. After him are Allan Edwall, Vasil Bykaŭ, Karlheinz Deschner, Zbigniew Herbert, Fess Parker, and Dinah Washington. Among people deceased in 1996, Idries Shah ranks 92Before him are Nguyễn Hữu Thọ, Lo Wei, Karl Rappan, Ben Johnson, Jack Churchill, and Jo Van Fleet. After him are Shams Pahlavi, Hans Blumenberg, Annabella, Dan Flavin, Leo Joseph Suenens, and Amos Tversky.

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In India

Among people born in India, Idries Shah ranks 205 out of 1,227Before him are Hema Malini (1948), Shilpa Shetty (1975), Nizamuddin Auliya (1238), Kittur Chennamma (1778), Homi J. Bhabha (1909), and Baji Rao I (1700). After him are Jamsetji Tata (1839), Salim Ali (1896), Motilal Nehru (1861), Thiruvalluvar (350), Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed (1905), and Narayana Guru (1855).

Among WRITERS In India

Among writers born in India, Idries Shah ranks 36Before him are Abdul-Qādir Bedil (1642), Bharata Muni (-1000), Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (1942), Mahadevi Varma (1907), Vaikom Muhammad Basheer (1908), and Subramania Bharati (1882). After him are Jim Corbett (1875), Mir Taqi Mir (1723), Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay (1876), Zeb-un-Nissa (1638), M. Karunanidhi (1924), and Kuvempu (1904).