The Pleasantries of the Incredible Mullah Nasrudin Characters

Idries Shah
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The Mullah Nasrudin

The central character in all of the tales, unsurprisingly, is that of the mythical teaching figure, Mullah Nasrudin. The Mullah Nasrudin is simultaneously wise, foolish, a figure of fun whose speech also paradoxically seems to contain pearls of wisdom. Pictured as a somewhat wandering itinerant, the Mullah travels all over the Ancient World (notably in Muslim countries), poking fun at peoples stupidity, institutions and customs. His exploits in the form of sayings, parables and judgements are believed to be a key part of the Sufi teaching system; as the Mullah's pronouncements seem to suggest insights taught in that tradition.

As a figure in this book, the Mullah is more often than not one of a slightly disgraceful teacher; the sort who could be found drunk, or found stealing from his enemies. He is depicted here as an 'everyman' as his personal situation always suits the needs...

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