From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up–As its subtitle indicates, Burns's text is organized around people rather than ideas or chronology. The anonymous Upanishads get their own entry, but generally, uppercase or boldface personal names introduce specific philosophical positions. Eastern guidebooks often overlook Zoroastrianism and Islam, but Burns devotes a quarter of the space to them. Readers reach Gandhi, Mao, and Nishida in the 20th century, but not Falun Gong. Pace, vocabulary, allusions, and complex ideas mark this as a volume for advanced students; the writing is neither clear nor lively enough to entice beginners. The absence of summaries or digests of each philosophy makes this volume most useful for those seeking the contributions of individual thinkers. The typeface is small and faint, and the index is eye-defyingly compressed. Eastern Religions
(Oxford, 2005), edited by Michael D. Coogan, has more than twice as many pages and full-color illustrations.–Patricia D. Lothrop, St. George's School, Newport, RI
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"'Eastern' guidebooks often overlook Zoroastrianism and Islam, but Burns devotes a quarter of the space to them." -- School Library Journal, June 1, 2006