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Best Recent Buddhist Scholarship

Postby vernezze » Mon May 28, 2012 2:16 pm

I hope someone can help. I currently teaching in China and was approached by a colleague who wishes to put together a volume of the best recent academic scholarhip in Buddhism. She is looking mainly for article length publications. I know this is a rather vague criterion but I wonder if anyone can suggest some resources that might be helpful. Even a listing of the top academic journals where Buddhist scholarship is published would be appreciated. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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Re: Best Recent Buddhist Scholarship

Postby Indrajala » Mon May 28, 2012 2:58 pm

Plenty of articles for free here (scroll down as anything older than a few years is available for free download):

www.ihp.sinica.edu.tw/book_page/book4/3.htm

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Re: Best Recent Buddhist Scholarship

Postby Michael_Dorfman » Tue May 29, 2012 3:06 pm

Paul Williams put together an 8-volume set entitled "Buddhism: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies", published by Routledge in 2005, which collects 110 key articles in Buddhist Studies published over the past few decades in journals.

He writes, in his General Introduction, "The present set of volumes seeks to reprint some of the more significant papers in Buddhist Studies of recent years that are otherwise available in the overwhelming majority of cases only in journals. This is because it is journal collections, and of course back copies of specialist journals, that are likely to be most difficult to find and access for many students and interested general readers."

I imagine that this would be good starting-point for your colleague to examine; Williams draws from a variety of journals, both common and obscure.
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Re: Best Recent Buddhist Scholarship

Postby Will » Tue May 29, 2012 4:10 pm

Michael_Dorfman wrote:Paul Williams put together an 8-volume set entitled "Buddhism: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies", published by Routledge in 2005, which collects 110 key articles in Buddhist Studies published over the past few decades in journals.

He writes, in his General Introduction, "The present set of volumes seeks to reprint some of the more significant papers in Buddhist Studies of recent years that are otherwise available in the overwhelming majority of cases only in journals. This is because it is journal collections, and of course back copies of specialist journals, that are likely to be most difficult to find and access for many students and interested general readers."

I imagine that this would be good starting-point for your colleague to examine; Williams draws from a variety of journals, both common and obscure.


I wonder if there is an online list of those 110 article titles & authors?

Routledge charges about $2700 for the set, here are some other options for $1800 or so - make sure they are full sets though.

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchR ... t&x=35&y=9
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Re: Best Recent Buddhist Scholarship

Postby Greg » Tue May 29, 2012 5:06 pm

The Williams volumes have all hit the internet (on Scribd), if you are not troubled by copyright vios. Vol 1 has the TOC for all volumes. I would say 60-70% is easily JSTORable, the rest not.
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Re: Best Recent Buddhist Scholarship

Postby vernezze » Wed May 30, 2012 12:21 am

Thanks for the information about the Williams book. It sounds like gold. You may have saved me a lot of time and got me some pretty good guanxi. Many blessings,
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Re: Best Recent Buddhist Scholarship

Postby Huifeng » Wed May 30, 2012 2:54 am

vernezze wrote:I hope someone can help. I currently teaching in China and was approached by a colleague who wishes to put together a volume of the best recent academic scholarhip in Buddhism. She is looking mainly for article length publications. I know this is a rather vague criterion but I wonder if anyone can suggest some resources that might be helpful. Even a listing of the top academic journals where Buddhist scholarship is published would be appreciated. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.


Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy East and West, Buddhist Studies Review, Journal of Indian Philosophy, Journal of Buddhist Philosophy, Journal of Buddhist Ethics, Pacific World, T'oung Pao, Annual Report of the International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology, Journal of Buddhist Studies, Journal of Indian and Buddhist Studies, Journal of the American Oriental Society, The Eastern Buddhist, Journal of Historical and Philological Studies of China’s Western Regions, The Journal of the Pali Text Society, Contemporary Buddhism, History of Religions, Buddhist-Christian Studies, ...

If your friend is a scholar - and why else would they be compiling a volume? - then maybe ask other scholars, such as at Universities, or at least at H-Buddhism?

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