Fatima the Spinner and the Tent
Fatima’s life is beset with what seem to be disasters. Her journey leads her from Morocco to the Mediterranean, Egypt, Turkey and, finally, to China. It is in China that she realizes that what seemed at the time to be really unfortunate events became an integral part of her eventual fulfillment.
This Teaching-Story is well known in Greek folklore, but this version is attributed to the Sheikh Mohamed Jamaludin of Adrianople (modern-day Edirne) in Turkey, who died in 1750.
For more than 30 years Idries Shah's collections of Teaching-Stories and narratives from the Sufi tradition have captivated the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life. Shah selected the majority of these tales from oral sources. They are repeated in homes, courts and caravanserais throughout the Middle East and Central Asia.
Age: 8 and up
Number of Pages: 32
Publisher: Hoopoe Books
Author: Idries Shah (author), Natasha Delmar (illustrator)
Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
KitaabWorld Book Review: A beautifully illustrated story from Idries Shah’s children’s Sufi tales, this story travels across oceans from Morocco, to Egypt, Turkey and finally to China where Fatima realizes the meaning of all the misfortune in her life. This tale is part of the many oral Sufi stories by Idries Shah, see the other titles here. Also available in English -Urdu. (Picture book, suited for ages 3 and up, lesson plan available here)
This book is also part of our FOLKTALES FROM ISLAMIC TRADITIONS book list.