Nasrudin is a mythical character primarily associated with the Sufis (the mystic branch of Islam). The Nasrudin anecdotes are often used as teaching stories; Idries Shah has compiled several collections of them. Nasrudin often serves as a trickster figure or "wise fool." Here's an example Nasrudin tale:


Nasrudin returned to his village from the imperial capital, and the villagers gathered around to hear what had passed. "At this time," said Nasrudin, "I only want to say that the King spoke to me." All the villagers but the stupidest ran off to spread the wonderful news. The remaining villager asked, "What did the King say to you?" "What he said -- and quite distinctly, for everyone to hear -- was 'Get out of my way!'" The simpleton was overjoyed; he had heard words actually spoken by the King, and seen the very man they were spoken to.


Several more tales are available at http://www.csclub.uwaterloo.ca/u/tamulder/nasrudin.html.

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