Mon

15

Sep

2014

Attempt at List of 10

I am re-ordering my book shelves, thus this new thinking:

 

First, one from each of the 6 traditions (excluding Buddhism):

- Plato (West - Classical - Greek - Philosophy)

Bible (West - Christianity - Hebrew / Greek - Religion)

- Shakespeare (West - Modern - English - Literature)

Quran (CWANA - Islamicate - Arabic - Religion)

Mahabharata (S. Asia - Hindu - Sanskrit - Literature)

Records of the Grand Historian (E. Asia - Confucian / Daoist - Chinese - History)

(This was the List of 6)

 

Then

- Herodotus (West - Classical - Greek - History)

- Amir Khusrau (S. Asia - Islamicate - Persian - Literature) 

- Nagarjuna / Tsong Kha Ba (S. Asia / E. Asia - Buddhist - Sanskrit / Tibetan - Philosophy)

- Zhu Xi's Commentaries on 4 Books (E. Asia - Confucian - Chinese - Philosophy)

 

Analysis:

- Area-wise: West (40%), E. Asia (25%), S. Asia (25%), CWANA (10%)

- Tradition-wise: Classical (20%), Islamicate (20%), Confucian (15%), Buddhist (10%), Christian (10%), Hindu (10%), Modern (10%), Daoist (5%)

- Language-wise: Greek (25%), Chinese (20%), Sanskrit (15%), Arabic (10%), Persian (10%), English (10%), Hebrew (5%), Tibetan (5%)

- Genre-wise: Literature (30%), Philosophy (30%), Religion (20%), History (20%)

 

Ordering Chronologically:

I-1. Herodotus

I-2. Plato

I-3. Mahabharata

I-4. Records of the Grand Historian 

II-5. Bible 

III-6. Quran

V-7. Zhuxi

V-8. Amir Khusrau

V-9. Tsong Kha Ba

VI-10. Shakespeare

 

So the mix is reasonable by Ancient / Medieval / Modern broad categories (6+ / 3- /1)


Note after 4 days: Having no Latin work but include half a Tibetan work - this can't be balanced.  

 

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