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Jains (Paul Dundas) Hardcover Book, (Routledge, 2002) 9780415266055


Title: Jains

Author: Dundas, Paul

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 2002

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780415266055

Volumes: 1; Pages: 368

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The Indian religion of Jainism, whose central tenet involves non-violence to all creatures, is one of the world's oldest and least-understood faiths. Dundas looks at Jainism in its social and doctrinal context, its history, sects, scriptures and ritual, and describes how the Jains have, over two and a half thousand years, defined themselves as a unique religious community. This revised and expanded edition takes account of new research into Jainism.

CONTENTS

Acknowledgements

Preface to the second edition

A note on transliteration and pronunciation

Introduction

1 The fordmakers

2 The Digambaras and the Svetambaras

3 Scriptures

4 Doctrine

5 History: from early times to the late medieval period

6 The ascetic

7 The lay person

8 Jain relativism and attitudes towards Hinduism and Buddhism

9 Recent developments

Glossary

Notes

Sources in Sanskrit and Prakrit

Bibliography of secondary sources

Index
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