The Jains / Edition 2

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Overview

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, explaining its history, sects, scriptures and ritual, and describing how the Jains have, over 2500 years, defined themselves as a unique religious community. This revised and expanded edition takes account of new research into Jainism.

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Meet the Author

Paul Dundas is senior lecturer in Sanskrit in the School of Asian Studies, University of Edinburgh, specialising in middle Indo-Aryan philology and the Jain religion. He is the author of The Sattasai and its Commentators

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface to the second edition
A note on transliteration and pronunciation
Introduction 1
1 The fordmakers 12
2 The Digambaras and the Svetambaras 45
3 Scriptures 60
4 Doctrine 86
5 History: from early times to the late medieval period 112
6 The ascetic 150
7 The lay person 187
8 Jain relativism and attitudes towards Hinduism and Buddhism 227
9 Recent developments 245
Glossary 277
Notes 281
Sources in Sanskrit and Prakrit 307
Bibliography of secondary sources 311
Index 336
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