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Friday, December 31st, 2010 12:44 pm
Mission of Friar William of Rubruck : His Journey to the Court of the Great Khan Mungke tr. Peter Jackson - A Franciscan monk becomes a court pet of the Mongols! Fascinating study in cultural anthropology and eurocentrism, told in a most entertainly colloquial fashion, by a jester who may or may not be entirely in on the joke.

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens : How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire by Jack Weatherford - When women ruled the world! Also, Mongols! They live in gers! They don't eat plants!

Sex Working and the Bible by Avaren Ipsen - Prostitutes read the bible, with very useful insights.

Our Man of Patience by Anees I. Baroody - Finally, the book of Job makes sense.

Feminist theory from margin to center by bell hooks - Readable and sensible and realistic feminist theory. altogether excellent.

She Who Is : The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse by Elizabeth Johnson - Now that much of the boring groundwork has been taken care of (Women are persons! God isn't male!) we can get around to doing some real feminist theology. Here it is.

Duties of the Heart by Rabbi Bachya ibn Paquda tr. Daniel Haberman - Practical Jewish philosophy in trusting God and living well.

Tao te ching : the classic book of integrity and the way, a new translation by Victor H. Mair based on the recently discovered ma-wang-tui manuscripts - What can be said about the old man? He had it just about all figured out.

Christ the Eternal Tao by Hieromonk Damascene - Aspires to much in the east-west spiritual synthesis department and accomplishes some of it.

The Jesus Sutras : rediscovering the lost scrolls of taoist christianity by Martin Palmer - interesting interpretations of Medieval Eastern Christian Chinese documents. A good companion to Saeki, especially if you can overlook the evangelistic dogmatic syncretism.



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