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Color Coding Legend of Book List

  • Purple Book Listing: 900 pages or more
  • Gold Book Listing: 600-899 pages
  • Red Book Listing: 400-599 pages
  • Blue Book Listing: 250-399 pages
  • Green Book Listing: Removed from Online Bookstore

Color Coding Legend of Book List (Weighted List for East Asia)

A lower number of pages in e-books in the East Asia section gets marked the same as a higher number of pages in e-books in the other regional sections. Basically, most of the East Asian books are much shorter than the other regional ones. Part of this is just the length of books available on the Apple iBookstore and the relative cost of them, but also East Asian literature is traditionally very concise, compared to other regional literature.

  • Purple Book Listing (weighted) : 600 pages or more
  • Gold Book Listing (weighted) : 500-599 pages
  • Red Book Listing (weighted) : 300-499 pages
  • Blue Book Listing (weighted) : 200-299 pages
  • Green Book Listing: Removed from Online Bookstore

Minimum Number of Pages Per Book

  • Europe - 500 pages
  • Asia - 450 pages
  • Africa - 450 pages

Geographic List - Recommended Commercial (Apple iBookstore) Serious E-Books

Asia Based First Reads (132 e-books)

Middle East (31 e-books)

Christian/Late Antiquity

  1. Bronze Age Bureaucracy by Nicholas Postgate - 1,064 pages
  2. The Discourses of Philoxenos of Mabbug by Robert A Kitchen (445-523 AD) - 600 pages
  3. From the Holy Mountain: A Journey In The Shadow of Byzantium (Text Only) by William Dalrymple (587 AD) - 512 pages
  4. Byzantium and the Early Islamic Conquests by Walter E. Kaegi (600s AD) - 598 pages

Crusades

  1. Victory in the East by John France (1099 AD) - 745 pages
  2. Chronicles of the Crusades by Geffroy de Joinville (1150-1212 AD, 1224-1317 AD) - 597 pages
  3. The Crusades by Thomas Asbridge (1189-1192 AD) - 784 pages
  4. The Late Byzantine Army by Mark C. Bartusis (1204-1453 AD) - 464 pages
  5. God's War by Christopher Tyerman - 1,056 pages

Qur'an (Koran)

  1. The Noble Qur'an: A new rendering of its meaning in English by Abdalhaqq Bewley & Aisha Bewley - 663 pages
  2. The Qur'an by M. A. S. Abdel Haleem - 512 pages
  3. The Study Quran by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Caner K. Dagli, Maria Massi Dakake, Joseph E.B. Lumbard & Mohammed Rustom - 2,048 pages
  4. Three Testaments by Brian Arthur Brown - 656 pages

Islamic Theology

  1. Economy, Family, and Society from Rome to Islam by Simon Swain (50s AD) - 1,099 pages
  2. The Enneads by Plotinus (200s AD) - 1,221 pages
  3. The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology by Tim Winter (500-1700s AD) - 586 pages
  4. Paradise and Hell in Islamic Traditions by Christian Lange - 844 pages
  5. The Hajj by Eric Tagliacozzo & Shawkat M. Toorawa - 590 pages

Medieval Islamic Middle East

  1. Koranic Allusions by Ibn Warraq - 463 pages
  2. Night and Horses and the Desert by Robert Irwin (400s-1500s AD) - 462 pages
  3. A Concise History of the Middle East by Arthur Goldschmidt Jr. (500s-2000 AD) - 528 pages
  4. Palestine Under the Moslems by Guy Le Strange - 680 pages

Late Medieval Islamic Middle East

  1. The Epistle of Forgiveness by Abu l-Ala al-Maarri, Gregor Schoeler & Geert Jan Van Gelder (584 pages) - 1057 AD
  2. The Mathnawi of Jalalu'ddin Rumi by Jalaluddin Rumi & Reynold A. Nicholson, The Mathnawi of Jalalu'ddin Rumi, Vol 2, English Translation by Jalaluddin Rumi & Reynold Nicholson, The Mathnawi of Jalalu'ddin Rumi, Vol 4, English Translation by Jalaluddin Rumi & Reynold A. Nicholson (1207-1273 AD) 434 + 507 + 538 = 1,479 pages
  3. Rumi: The Big Red Book by Coleman Barks (1244 AD) - 512 pages
  4. Politics, Law, and Community in Islamic Thought by Ovamir Anjum (1263-1328 AD) - 551 pages

Early Modern Islamic Middle East

  1. Family Life in the Ottoman Mediterranean by Beshara B. Doumani - 674 pages
  2. The Arabs by Eugene Rogan (1512-2000 AD) - 592 pages
  3. The Political Economy of the Kurds of Turkey by Veli Yadirgi (1514 AD-1922 AD) - 524 pages
  4. Arab Orthodox Christians Under the Ottomans 1516-1831 by Constantin A. Panchenko - 676 pages
  5. Empire and Power in the Reign of Suleyman by Kaya Sahin (1520-1566 AD) - 490 pages
  6. An Ottoman Traveller by Robert Dankoff (1600s AD) - 516 pages
  7. Levant by Philip Mansel (1600s-2000 AD) - 480 pages

Iran and Central Asia (32 e-books)

Ancient Persia

  1. The Archaeology of Elam: Second Edition by D. T. Potts - 899 pages
  2. Alexander of Macedon, 356-323 B.C. by Peter Green - 672 pages
  3. Early Christian Monastic Literature and the Babylonian Talmud by Michal Bar-Asher Siegal - 496 pages
  4. The Nativist Prophets of Early Islamic Iran by Patricia Crone (550 BC-1501 AD) - 1,155 pages
  5. Seeing Islam as Others Saw It: A Survey and Evaluation of Christian, Jewish and Zoroastrian Writings on Early Islam by Robert G. Hoyland (620-780 AD) - 893 pages
  6. Shahnameh by Abolqasem Ferdowsi & Dick Davis - 1,040 pages

Medieval Iraq

  1. The Lands of the Eastern Caliphate by Guy Le Strange (636-1405 AD) - 578 pages
  2. Baghdad by Justin Marozzi (700-2000 AD) - 536 pages
  3. Virtues of the Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal by Michael Cooperson (855 AD/1200 AD) - 544 + 592 = 1,136 pages
  4. Persian Art by Vladimir Lukonin & Anatoly Ivanov - 573 page

Islamic Iran

  1. The New Muslims of Post-Conquest Iran by Sarah Bowen Savant (600s-1000s AD) - 530 pages
  2. The Glad Tidings by Shaykh Emadul Deen Al-Tabari - 500 pages
  3. The Monetary History of Iran: From the Safavids to the Qajars by Rudi Matthee - 489 pages
  4. Iran At War by Kaveh Farrokh (1500-1988 AD) - 488 pages
  5. Superstition as Ideology in Iranian Politics by Ali Rahnema (1500s-2000 AD) - 546 pages
  6. Iran by Abbas Amanat (1501-2009 AD) - 996 pages

Entire Region

  1. The Horse, the Wheel, and Language by David W. Anthony - 568 pages
  2. Empires of the Silk Road by Christopher I. Beckwith - 512 pages
  3. Tales of the Narts by John Colarusso, Tamirlan Salbiev & Walter May - 512 pages
  4. Tamta's World by Antony Eastmond (1200s AD) - 678 pages
  5. Genghis Khan by Frank McLynn (1227 AD) - 704 pages
  6. Kublai Khan by John Man (1215-1294 AD) - 480 pages
  7. The Mongols and the Islamic World by Peter Jackson - 448 pages
  8. The Struggle for the Eurasian Borderlands by Alfred J. Rieber (Habsburg 1526-1918 AD, Russian 1462-1918 AD, Ottoman 1299-1918 AD, Iranian 1501-1918 AD, and Qing 1644-1918 AD Empires) - 1,138 pages

Western Central Asia

  1. Hudud al-'Alam 'The Regions of the World' - A Persian Geography 372 A.H. (982 AD) by V. V. Minorsky - 596 pages
  2. Turkestan down to the Mongol Invasion by W. Barthold (late 600s-early 1200s AD) - 574 pages
  3. Lost Enlightenment by S. Frederick Starr (800-1200 AD) - 680 pages
  4. The Festal Works of St. Gregory of Narek by Abraham Terian (1003 AD) - 464 pages
  5. Edge of Empires by Donald Rayfield - 479 pages

Eastern Central Asia

  1. Buton's History of Buddhism in India and Its Spread to Tibet by Buton Rinchen Drup 500 BC-1200s AD - 464 pages
  2. The Tibetan History Reader by Gray Tuttle (600s-1951 AD) - 752 pages
  3. The Epic of Gesar of Ling by Robin Kornman, Sangye Khandro & Lama Chonam (1100s AD) - 680 pages
  4. King of the Empty Plain by Cyrus Stearns (1385-1509 AD) - 700 pages
  5. Mission to Tibet by Ippolito Desideri, Leonard Zwilling & Michael J Sweet (1684-1733 AD) - 900 pages
  6. Nepal Through the Ages by Ram Niwas Pandey - 459 pages

Northern Central Asia

  1. East of the Sun by Benson Bobrick - 460 pages
  2. Arctic Mirrors by Yuri Slezkine - 476 pages

South Asia (27 e-books)

General Islamic India

  1. The Adventures of Amir hamza by Ghalib Lakhnavi, Abdullah Bilgrami & Musharraf Ali Farooqi (1000-1562 AD) - 560 pages
  2. Studies in Indian History and Culture by U N Ghoshal (1100s AD) - 500 pages
  3. India before Europe by Catherine B. Asher & Cynthia Talbot (1200-1750 AD) - 465 pages

Early Modern Islamic India

  1. A History of Jaipur c. 1503-1938 by Jadunath Sarkar - 566 pages
  2. Writing the Mughal World by Muzaffar Alam & Sanjay Subrahmanyam (mid 1500s-early 1800s AD) - 480 pages
  3. A Short History of Aurangzib by Jadunath Sarkar (1658-1707 AD) - 491 pages

General Information Hindu India

  1. Dancing with Siva by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami - 955 pages
  2. The Four Paths of Yoga by Swami Vivekananda & Adriano Lucchese - 540 pages
  3. The Hindus by Wendy Doniger - 800 pages
  4. Indian Philosophy in English by Nalini Bhushan & Jay L. Garfield - 664 pages
  5. On Hinduism by Wendy Doniger - 672 pages
  6. The Yoga Tradition by Georg Feuerstein - 1,192 pages
  7. Bhakti Yoga by Edwin F. Bryant - 1,068 pages

Classical Texts Hindu India

  1. Bhagavad-gita As It Is by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and Srimad Bhagavad-gita by Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja - 1,024 pages + 1,049 pages = 2,073 pages
  2. Sri Brhad-bhagavatamrta by Gopiparanadhana Dasa - Parts 1-3 936 + 990 + 920 = 2,846 pages
  3. Krishna: The Beautiful Legend of God by None & Edwin F. Bryant (300s-900s AD) - 608 pages
  4. Mahabharata - The Complete Collection by Amar Chitra Katha - 1,348 pages (Comic Book Version)
  5. Svetasvataropanisad by Devadatta Kali - 572 pages
  6. Uddhava Gita by Srila Vyasadeva & Purnaprajna Dasa - 981 pages

Southern India

  1. Trade and Trade Routes in Ancient India by Moti Chandra (up to 1000 AD) - 466 pages
  2. Periya Puranam by Sekkizhaar (1100s AD) - 665 pages
  3. Matritime Malabar and The Europeans 1500-1962 by K. S. Mathew - 536 pages
  4. Vaisnava Iconography in the Tamil Country by R. Champalakshmi (300 BC-1300 AD) - 540 pages
  5. Hundred Tamil Folk and Tribal Tales by Sujatha Vijayaraghavan - 480 pages

More India

  1. The Jain Saga by Kalikaal Sarvagya Hemchandrasuriswarji & Muni Samvegyash Vijayji - 532 pages
  2. History of the Bengali People (Ancient Period) by Niharranjan Ray (before 1200 AD) - 581 pages

East Asia (27 e-books)

Entire Region - Geographic

  1. East Asia by Hugh Dyson Walker - 674 pages
  2. Early Modern China and Northeast Asia by Evelyn S. Rawski - 650 pages
  3. Across the Ussuri Kray by Vladimir K. Arsenyev & Jonathan C. Slaght - 488 pages

Entire Region - Beliefs

  1. The Shin Buddhist Classical Tradition by Alfred Bloom - 2,440 pages
  2. The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion (volume 2) by Chogyam Trungpa & Judith L. Lief - 528 pages

Central Asia and China

  1. The Monkey and the Monk by Anthony C. Yu (602-664 AD) - 511 pages
  2. Buddhism Between Tibet and China by Matthew Kapstein (618-2000 AD) - 480 pages

Medieval China

  1. Zen's Chinese Heritage by Andrew Ferguson (400s-1200s AD) - 568 pages
  2. 'This Culture of Ours' by Peter Bol (600s-1100s AD) - 532 pages
  3. Historical Records of the Five Dynasties by Richard Davis (907-979 AD) - 752 pages
  4. The Water Margin by Shi Naian, J.H. Jackson & Edwin Lowe (960-1279 AD) - 848 pages
  5. The Blue Cliff Record by J. C. Cleary & Thomas Cleary (1100s AD) - 688 pages

Early Modern China

  1. Enlightenment in Dispute by Jiang Wu (1600s AD) - 480 pages
  2. The Qing Dynasty and Traditional Chinese Culture by Richard J. Smith (1636-1912 AD) - 560 pages
  3. Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin & H. Bencraft Joly (1791 AD) - 1,347 pages

General China

  1. The Book of Master Mo by Mo Zi & Ian Johnston (470-391 BC) - 512 pages
  2. The Making of a New Rural Order in South China: Volume 1 Joseph P. McDermott (900-1600 AD) - 772 pages

Korea

  1. Korea: A History by Bong-youn Choy & Younghill Kang (57 BC-2000 AD) - 474 pages
  2. Epistolary Korea by JaHyun Kim Haboush (1392-1910 AD) - 464 pages

Early Medieval Japan

  1. 1000 Poems from the Manyoshu by Anonymous (347 AD-759 AD) - 464 pages
  2. Nihongi by W. G. Aston (to 697 AD) - 880 pages
  3. The Kojiki by Basil Hall Chamberlain (700s AD) - 592 pages

Late Medieval Japan

  1. The Promise of Amida Buddha by Joji Atone & Yoko Hayashi (1133-1212 AD) - 504 pages
  2. Dogen's Extensive Record by Eihei Dogen, Taigen Dan Leighton, Shohaku Okumura, Tenshin Reb Anderson, John Daido Loori & Steven Heine (1200-1253 AD) - 824 pages

Early Modern Japan

  1. Okinawa:The History of an Island People by George H. Kerr & Mitsugu Sakihara (1314-2000 AD) - 592 pages
  2. A Cultural History of Translation in Early Modern Japan by Rebekah Clements (1600-1868 AD) - 478 pages
  3. Early Modern Japanese Literature by Haruo Shirane (1600-1900 AD) - 1,392 pages
  4. Poison Blossoms From a Thicket of Thorn by Norman Waddell & Hakuin Zenji (1686-1769 AD) - 608 pages

Southeast Asia (15 e-books)

Regional

  1. Buddhist Dynamics in Premodern and Early Modern Southeast Asia by D. Christian Lammerts (500-1800 AD) - 597 pages
  2. Trade and Civilisation in the Indian Ocean by K. N. Chaudhuri (632-1750 AD) - 485 pages
  3. A History of Early Modern Southeast Asia, 1400-1830 by Barbara Watson Andaya & Leonard Y. Andaya - 677 pages
  4. Pacific Worlds by Matt K. Matsuda - 619 pages

Vietnam

  1. A History of the Vietnamese by K. W. Taylor - 1,287 pages
  2. Sources of Vietnamese Tradition by Jayne Werner, John K. Whitmore & George Dutton (111 BC-1975 AD) - 664 pages

European Overseas Empires

  1. Over the Edge of the World by Laurence Bergreen (1519 AD) - 512 pages
  2. The Visitor by Liam Matthew Brockey (1569-1635 AD) - 527 pages
  3. Britain's Oceanic Empire by H. V. Bowen, Elizabeth Mancke & John G. Reid (1550-1850 AD) - 800 pages
  4. Captain Cook by Vanessa Collingridge - 480 pages

Chinese Empire

  1. China as a Sea Power, 1127-1368 by Lo Jung-pang & Bruce A. Elleman - 450 pages
  2. Chinese Circulations by Eric Tagliacozzo - 504 pages
  3. Imperial China and Its Southern Neighbours by Victor H. Mair & Liam C. Kelley - 577 pages

More Asian

  1. A History of Ayutthaya by Chris Baker & Pasuk Phongpaichit 1200-1800 AD - 586 pages
  2. Siam & the West, 1500-1700 by Dirk Van der Cruysse - 591 pages
  3. The Ottoman Age of Exploration by Giancarlo Casale (1500s AD) - 564 pages
  4. Island of Bali by Miguel Covarrubias & Adrian Vickers - 480 pages

Indian (Theravada) Buddhism

  1. In The Buddha's Words by Bhikkhu Bodhi, The Long Discourses of the Buddha by Maurice Walshe, The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha by Bhikkhu Nanamoli & Bhikkhu Bodhi, and Great Disciples of the Buddha by Nyaponika Thera 512 + 656 + 1,424 + 412 = 3,004 pages
  2. The Path of Individual Liberation (volume 1) by Chogyam Trungpa & Judith L. Lief - 680 pages
  3. The Suttanipata by Bodhi - 1,616 pages

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