This extraordinary anthology gathers together a broad selection of representative, authoritative writings--spanning antiquity to the present--from the non-Western civilizations of the Middle East. It combines extensive introductions, headnotes, and bibliographies with excellent literary translations of the best contemporary and classical writers. KEY TOPICS: The selections reflect literary, religious, and philosophical traditions and reveal--despite cultural differences--the universality of life experiences. Primary literary genres (poetry, fiction, and drama) as well as key religions, philosophical, historic, aesthetic, biographical and political texts are covered. MARKET: For readers of Middle Eastern, World, and Non-Western Literature.