The commanding self in Sufi terminology is that mixture of primitive and conditioned responses, common to everyone, which inhibits and distorts human progress and understanding. The book serves to illustrate and amplify Idries Shah's preceding (over 20) books on the Sufi Way.

The Commanding Self 1997, Octagon Press, Limited

ISBN-13: 9780863040702

Revised edition

Trade paperback

The Commanding Self 1994, Octagon Press, Limited, London, England

ISBN-13: 9780863040665