"would consider essential to a basic reading program--a list that could be defined as what might be appropriate for an introductory, one-year course."The lists could supplement the Ten Years of Reading suggested in each edition of Great Books of the Western World. Here is his list for the Islamic tradition.
- Quran (c. 653)
- al-Hariri of Basra (1054-1122)
- The Assemblies of al-Hariri (Maqamat al-Hariri)
- al-Ghazali (c. 1058-1111)
- The Deliverance from Error (Al-Munqidh min al-Dalal)
- Jalal ad-Dīn Muhammad Rumi (1207-1273)
- Attar of Nishapur (c. 1145-c. 1221)
- The Conference of the Birds (Mantiq-ut-Tair)
- Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406)
- Prolegomena (Muqaddimah) to World History (al-Kitabu l-'ibar)
"(Options not selected above but obvious candidates for inclusion in a more ample listing: The Seven Odes [Mu'allaqat] of pre-Islamic poetry; The Thousand Nights and One Nights [Alf Layla wa Layla]; other Arab philosophers like Averroes [1126-1198] and Ibn al-Arabi [1165–1240]; other Sufi poets like Hafez [1325/26–1389/90], etc.)"