Daughter of Idries Shah introduces Teaching Stories to Paris children

Award-winning documentary maker Saira Shah was at UNESCO in Paris over the weekend reading some of her father’s stories as part of an international cultural event.

Idries Shah wrote the stories for Saira and her siblings when they were young. Now Saira’s helping make them available for children around the world. They’re beautifully illustrated – and hugely entertaining. And they follow a tradition of using fables and folk tales to impart wisdom – Teaching Stories as Shah dubbed them.

ISF has published six children’s books so far. And there are more to come.

You can purchase them on our online shop: https://isfshop.com/



«El Pollo Bobo»,🐔🐤 del escritor Idries Shah, ilustra de una manera divertida lo que puede llegar a pasar cuando la gente cree todo lo que escucha sin analizarlo bien. ¡Es uno de los títulos pertenecientes a nuestro Programa Cuenta Cuentos!


UNESCO and Idries Shah Foundation launch “World Tales” Short Story Competition

Climate change, human rights violations, conflicts, racism and discrimination are among many threats to our present and future. In the face of adversity, creative young minds need to be encouraged to find innovative solutions.

With the aim to foster imagination, resourcefulness and ingenuity, UNESCO and the Idries Shah Foundation (ISF) launch the World Tales Short Story Competition. Young teenagers from all over the globe are invited to write about challenges of today and tomorrow in the format of a short story, and share their perspectives.

The theme of this 2020 First Edition is “Once upon a time in my future”.

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