Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin — now in print!

Now in print!

Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin

Naughty, unexpurgated stories of the beloved wise fool from the Middle and Far East

collected & retold by Ron J. Suresha

published by Lethe Press

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This much-anticipated sequel to the award-winning folklore collection detailing the exploits of the beloved 800-year-old Turkish “wise fool,” Mullah Nasruddin (Nasreddin Hoca), presents well over 250 hilarious, authentic folk tales, dozens appearing in English for the first time.

Author Suresha has done extensive research to unearth and retell these centuries-old “naughty Nasruddin” stories from around the globe. These ribald tales depict the Mullah as he daily interacts with his family, donkey, community, and strangers during his journeys. Many tales, previously suppressed for moralistic reasons, explore taboo themes. Mature readers will be amused and amazed by this unadulterated account of the truly Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin.


ISBN-13: 978-1-59021-464-1 ~ ISBN-10: 1-59021-464-0

Lethe Press, October 2014

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Softcover: 208 pages • Includes glossary and bibliography

ISBN-10: 1-59021-464-1 • ISBN-13: 978-1-59021-464-0 • eISBN: 978-1-59021-465-7

Softcover: $20.00 USD • ebook, $9.99


Categories: Humor / Folklore / World Literature / Middle Eastern Studies


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From the Foreword

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From the Author Foreword to “The Immortal Mullah Nasruddin”

by Ron J. Suresha

The wise fool Nasruddin has long been a cherished character in my family’s oral and literary folklore tradition. As a youngster I listened to my mother . . . who spoke conversational Arabic, recount the droll foibles and follies of the bumbling Mullah. His fables, anecdotes, and parables, based in Turkish and Persian folk wisdom, were among the first stories that I learned.

In my twenties, while living for eight years in several ashrams (residential yoga communities) in the United States and India, I heard many more Mullah Nasruddin tales. The stories were frequently used in formal lectures by my teachers and by other meditation students to illuminate, often with comedic effect, the common foolishness and occasional uncommon sense of human nature. This exposure to a broad range of Near and Far Eastern religious and spiritual teachings enriched my understanding of the stories as it increased my appreciation for Sufi culture and philosophy.

. . . For many years, my main literary sources in English for Nasruddin folklore were copies in the ashram library of three popular but dated collections of English-language editions of Nasruddin stories authored by Sufi writer Idries Shah, issued from British publisher Octagon Press. I became hopelessly addicted to Mullah (or “Sheikh”) humor, and sought out more Nasruddin lore in the ashram library, where I spent my few spare minutes copying my favorites by hand.

In 1997, while working as production editor for Shambhala Publications in Boston, I presented a formal proposal for a pocket edition of Nasruddin stories reprinted from the Shah volumes, but Octagon declined the query. From that initial proposal I developed this project, my own contemporary retelling of the Nasruddin corpus.

Based on narratives learned first through oral transmission, over the past fifteen years I collected and indexed several thousand versions of nearly one thousand stories and parables, anecdotes and aphorisms, and jests and jokes of the hapless Mullah. These retellings are based on more than two dozen published sources in English, Spanish, German, French, and Hebrew, including tales presented online but not in printed form, which are referenced in the Bibliography.

Excluding a few longer pieces that incorporate smaller bits, the stories here, told seven at a sitting as per the oral tradition of Nasruddin’s “curse,” are gathered in sevens: seven parts with seven sections each containing seven stories (7³ = 343).

The selections comprise the most popular, amusing, meaningful, and compelling ones repeated among my sources. My goals have been to craft fresh, strong, clear presentations of the folklore, to incorporate the best aspects of each known variation, and to adapt the narrative material to contemporary readership.

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The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin

Stories, Jests, and Donkey Tales of the Beloved Persian Folk Hero

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Welcome to MullahNasruddin.com!

Welcome to

Nasruddin and his donkey
Mullah Nasruddin and his donkey

The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin

Stories, jests, and donkey tales
of the beloved Persian folk hero

Collected and retold by Ron J. Suresha


With a Preface by Ann Shapiro

Director, Connecticut Storytelling Center

Nasruddin and his donkey ride again — in this inspired new collection of his crazy wisdom stories!

Once, when the young fool Nasruddin was acting up in class by distracting his classmates with endless antics, jokes, and stories, his irate teacher uttered a curse:

“Whatever you do or say,

wherever you go or stay,

whether it’s night or day —

people will only laugh at you.”

Now, eight centuries later, people everywhere are still laughing at the immortal Mullah Nasruddin, one of the world’s most beloved folk characters.

This entertaining and insightful retelling of the Nasruddin corpus brings the beloved Persian folk hero into the 21st Century. With more than 350 of the most popular Nasruddin stories collected from dozens of sources by noted anthologist and lifelong Nasruddin devotee Ron J. Suresha, this collection gathers the most beloved and meaningful tales of Mullah Nasruddin wit and wisdom. Storytellers, folklorists, Sufis, Young Turks, comedians, spiritual seekers, and everyone who loves to laugh will be enriched and enlightened by the Mullah’s uncommon sense of humor.

The original cover watercolor of Mullah Nasruddin and his donkey was rendered by Sgott MacKenzie.

Lethe Press, January 2011    •    232 pp.    •    Includes glossary and bibliography

ISBN-10:  1-59021-175-8     •    ISBN-13:   978-1-59021-175-5    •    Price: $18.00 USD

Categories: Humor / Folklore / World Literature

Distributed in print by: ASP, Baker & Taylor, Ingram

Also available for Kindle, iBook, and all electronic-book formats

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email nasruddinbook[AT]gmail [DOT]com

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