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Hinduism and Law
An Introduction

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Timothy Lubin, Donald R. Davis, Jr, Jayanth Krishnan, Patrick Olivelle, Axel Michaels, Rosane Rocher, Rachel Sturman, Rina Verma Williams, Lawrence McCrea, Ananya Vajpeyi, Whitney Cox, Robert Yelle, Richard Davis, Aditya Malik, Laura Dudley Jenkins, Smita Narula
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  • Date Published: September 2010
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  • Covering the earliest Sanskrit rulebooks through to the codification of 'Hindu law' in modern times, this interdisciplinary volume examines the interactions between Hinduism and the law. The authors present the major transformations to India's legal system in both the colonial and post colonial periods and their relation to recent changes in Hinduism. Thematic studies show how law and Hinduism relate and interact in areas such as ritual, logic, politics, and literature, offering a broad coverage of South Asia's contributions to religion and law at the intersection of society, politics and culture. In doing so, the authors build on previous treatments of Hindu law as a purely text-based tradition, and in the process, provide a fascinating account of an often neglected social and political history.

    • Connects the sources and development of Hindu law with its role in modern India, bridging the gap between traditional treatment of a purely text-based tradition and the social and political history
    • Covers new ground by discussing law within a broader cultural context than in previous studies
    • Includes glossary, chronology and bibliography, providing clear and concise reference information on the topics discussed
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    '[This] book has established connections between bodies of knowledge that were hitherto unconnected and, thereby, initiated a discourse in which all scholars of the polity and the law should be engaged.' Amita Dhanda, The Hindu

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    • Date Published: September 2010
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511911606
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword
    List of contributors
    Chronology
    Map
    Introduction Timothy Lubin, Donald R. Davis, Jr and Jayanth Krishnan
    Part I. Hindu Law:
    1. An historical overview of Hindu law Donald R. Davis, Jr
    2. Dharmaśāstra: a textual history Patrick Olivelle
    3. Hindu legal practice in premodern India Axel Michaels
    4. The creation of Anglo-Hindu law Rosane Rocher
    5. Marriage and family in colonial Hindu law Rachel Sturman
    6. Hindu law as personal law Rina Verma Williams
    Part II. Law in Ancient and Medieval Hindu Traditions:
    7. Hindu jurisprudence and scriptural hermeneutics Lawrence McCrea
    8. Indic conceptions of authority Timothy Lubin
    9. Śūdra Dharma and legal treatments of caste Ananya Vajpeyi
    10. Law, literature, and the problem of politics in medieval India Whitney Cox
    11. Hindu law as performance: ritual and poetic elements in Dharmaśāstra Robert Yelle
    Part III. Law and Modern Hinduism:
    12. Temples, deities, and the law Richard Davis
    13. In the divine court of appeals: vows before the God of justice Aditya Malik
    14. Contemporary caste discrimination and affirmative action Laura Dudley Jenkins
    15. Law and Hindu nationalist movements Smita Narula
    16. Legally and politically layered identities: a thumbnail survey of selected Hindu migration patterns from South Asia Jayanth Krishnan
    Appendices
    Glossary
    Bibliography.

  • Editors

    Timothy Lubin, Washington and Lee University
    Donald R. Davis is Associate Professor in the Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His previous publications include The Spirit of Hindu Law (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and The Boundaries of Hindu Law: Tradition, Custom and Politics in Medieval Kerala (2004).

    Donald R. Davis Jr, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Jayanth Krishnan is Professor of Law and the Charles L. Whistler Faculty Fellow at Indiana University, Maurer School of Law. Krishnan's academic interests focus on the legal profession and law-and-globalization, with a special emphasis on how these areas intersect in India. His publications on these subjects have appeared in reputed law reviews and peer-reviewed journals.

    Jayanth K. Krishnan, Indiana University, Maurer School of Law
    Timothy Lubin is Professor in the Department of Religion, and Lecturer in Law and Religion in the School of Law, at Washington and Lee University. His publications concern classical Hindu ritual and doctrine, and their relation to legal precepts and practices in India.

    Contributors

    Timothy Lubin, Donald R. Davis, Jr, Jayanth Krishnan, Patrick Olivelle, Axel Michaels, Rosane Rocher, Rachel Sturman, Rina Verma Williams, Lawrence McCrea, Ananya Vajpeyi, Whitney Cox, Robert Yelle, Richard Davis, Aditya Malik, Laura Dudley Jenkins, Smita Narula

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