World Traditions

This elective seminar invites students to ponder fundamental human questions as they arise in great books from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, East Asia, and the Americas.

In order to accommodate new texts, the reading list is subject to change. A typical list is shown below.

Reading List:

  • Achebe, Things Fall Apart
  • Birch, Stories from a Ming Collection
  • Cleary, The Essential Koran
  • Fitzgerald, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
  • Gale West, African Folktales
  • Kawabata, A Thousand Cranes
  • Mahfouz, The Time and the Place
  • The Bhagavad Gita
  • Narayan, The Ramayana
  • Rumi, Say I am You
  • Wallis, Two Old Women
  • Mair, Tao Te Ching