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Riches and Renunciation: Religion, Economy, and Society among the Jains (James Laidlaw) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 1996) 9780198280422
Riches and Renunciation: Religion, Economy, and Society among the Jains (James Laidlaw) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 1996) 9780198280422
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Title: Riches and Renunciation: Religion, Economy, and Society among the Jains

Author: Laidlaw, James

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 1996

Paperback; ISBN: 9780198280422

Volumes: 1; Pages: 448

List Price in Paper: $79.99 Our price: $79.99

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The Jains of India are a flourishing and prosperous community, but their religion is focused on the teaching and example of ascetic renouncers, whose austere regime is actually dedicated to ending worldly life and often culminates in a fast to death. This book, which draws upon a detailed study of Jainism in the city of Jaipur, shows how renunciation and ascetism play a central part in the life of a thriving business community, and how world-renunciation combines for Jain families with the pursuit of worldly happiness.Reviews"... a must for anyone seriously interested in Indian religions, the urban middle-class, or social ethics."--Religious Studies Review
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