The essays gathered here, in addition to those by editors Wm. Theodore de Bary and Irene Bloob, are written by leading scholars of Asian culturesamong them Donald Keene, Peter Awn, Barbara Stoler Miller, Ainslie Embree, Burton Watson, C.T. Hsia, Paul Anderer, and others. They introduce classics from the Islamic, Indian, Chinese, and Japanese traditions, providing entree to texts which have emerged as monuments of Asian thought and literature. Among the works discussed are the Qu'ran, the philosophy of history of Ibn Khaldun, the Upanishads, the epic Mahabarata, the philosopher Mencius, the Lotus Sutra, T'and Poetry, the Tale of Genji, and the poet Basho.
Preface, by Wm. Theodore de Bary 1. Asia in the Core Curriculum, by Wm. Theodore de Bary 2. Asian Classics as "The Great Books of the East", by Wm. Theodore de Bary 3. Classics of the Islamic Tradition The Qu'ran, by Peter Awn Attar - The Conference of the Birds, by James Winston Morris Al-Ghazali, by Peter Awn Ibn Khaldun, by Muhsin Mahdi 4. Classics of the Indian Tradition The Upanishads, by Joel Brereton The Mahabharata, by Barbara Stoler Miller Indian and Greek Epics, by Robert Antoine Sakuntala, by Barbara Stoler Miller Gandhi's Autobiography, by Ainslie T. Embree 5. Classics of the Chinese Tradition and Buddhism Mencius, by Irene Bloom Lao Tzu, by Franciscus Verellen The Lotus Sutra, by Wing-tsit Chan The Vimalakirti Sutra, by Robert A.F. Thurman The Platform Sutra, by Philip Yampolsky T'ang Poetry, by Burton Watson A Dream of Red Mansions, by C.T. Hsia 6. Classics of the Japanese Tradition The Tale of Genji, by Haruo Shirane Kamo no Chomei's Ten Foot Square Hut, by Paul Anderer The Tale of the Heike, by H. Paul Varley Kenkō: Essays in Idleness, by Donald Keene The Poetry of Matsuo Basho, by Haruo Shirane 7. Symposium on the Oriental Humanities Robert Goldman David Johnson Jonathan Cott John Van Doren Pauline Yu Paul Anderer