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A dharma reader : classical Indian law

Author: Patrick Olivelle
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2017]
Series: Historical sourcebooks in classical Indian thought.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A Dharma Reader traces the definition, epistemology, procedure, and process of Indian law from the third century B.C.E. to the middle ages. Its breadth captures the centuries-long struggle by Indian thinkers to theorize law in a multiethnic and pluralist society. The volume includes new and accessible translations of key texts, notes that explain the significance and chronology of selections, and a comprehensive  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Translations
Early works to 1800
Translations into English
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Olivelle, Patrick, compiler.
Dharma reader
New York : Columbia University Press, 2016
(DLC) 2016028676
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick Olivelle
ISBN: 9780231179560 0231179561
OCLC Number: 947817227
Language Note: Includes translations from Sanskrit.
Awards: Winner of le Prix Colette Caillat 2017
Description: xii, 410 pages ; 27 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Part I: Nature and epistemology of law. Early thinkers: Apastamba (late third century B.C.E.), Patanjali (mid-second century B.C.E.) ; Later aphoristic texts on dharma: Gautama (late second century B.C.E.), Baudhayana (early first century B.C.E.), Vasistha (late first century B.C.E.) ; Perspectives from political science: Kautilya (first–second century C.E.) ; Innovations of Manu (mid-second century C.E.) ; Developments after Manu: Yajnavalkya (fourth-fifth century C.E.), Vishnu (seventh century C.E.), Parasara (seventh century C.E.) ; The school of vedic exegesis: Sabara (fifth century C.E.), Kumarila (seventh century C.E.) ; Early commentators: Bharuci (seventh century C.E.), Visvarupa (early ninth century C.E.), Medhatithi (second half of the ninth century C.E.) ; Medieval commentators and systematizers: Commentators of Manu: Govindaraja (eleventh-twelfth century C.E.), Nandana, Kulluka (fourteenth century C.E.); Commentators of Yajnavalkya: Vijnanesvara (fl. 1100-1125 C.E.), Apararka (first half of the twelfth century C.E.); Legal digests-Nibandhas: Devanna Bhatta (circa 1200 C.E.) --
Part II: Courts of law and legal procedure. The beginnings: Apastamba, Gautama, Baudhayana, Visistha ; The early theorists: Kautilya, Manu ; The mature phase: Yajnavalkya, Narada (fifth-sixth century C.E.) ; Early commentators: Bharuci, Medhatithi ; Medieval commentators and systematizers: Vijnanesvara, Devanna Bhatta --
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Series Title: Historical sourcebooks in classical Indian thought.
Responsibility: translated and edited by Patrick Olivelle.

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