The last ten years have seen interest in Jainism increasing, with this previously little-known Indian religion assuming a significant place in religious studies.

Studies in Jaina History and Culture breaks new ground by investigating the doctrinal differences and debates amongst the Jains rather than presenting Jainism as a seamless whole whose doctrinal core has remained virtually unchanged throughout its long history. The focus of the book is the discourse concerning orthodoxy and heresy in the Jaina tradition, the question of omniscience and Jaina logic, role models for women and female identity, Jaina schools and sects, religious property, law and ethics. The internal diversity of the Jaina tradition and Jain techniques of living with diversity are explored from an interdisciplinary point of view by fifteen leading scholars in Jaina studies. The contributors focus on the principal social units of the tradition: the schools, movements, sects and orders, rather than Jain religious culture in abstract.

Peter Flügel provides a representative snapshot of the current state of Jaina studies that will interest students and academics involved in the study of religion or South Asian cultures.

part |85 pages

Orthodoxy and Heresy

chapter |30 pages

Adda or the Oldest Extant Dispute Between Jains and Heretics (Sūyagaḍa 2,6)

Part one1
ByWillem Bollée
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chapter |28 pages

The Later Fortunes of Jamāli

ByPaul Dundas
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chapter |25 pages

The Dating of the Jaina Councils

Do scholarly presentations reflect the traditional sources?
ByRoyce Wiles
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part |67 pages

The Question of Omniscience and Jaina Logic

chapter |18 pages

The Jain–Mīmāṃsā Debate on Omniscience

ByOlle Qvarnström
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chapter |10 pages

Why Must There be an Omniscient in Jainism?

BySin Fujinaga
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part |82 pages

Role Models for Women and Female Identity

chapter |24 pages

Restrictions and Protection

Female Jain renouncers
BySherry E. Fohr
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chapter |27 pages

Thinking Collectively About Jain Satīs

The uses of Jain satī name lists
ByM. Whitney Kelting
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part |160 pages

Sectarian Movements

chapter |22 pages

Rethinking Religious Authority

A perspective on the followers of Śrīmad Rājacandra
ByEmma Salter
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chapter |49 pages

A Fifteenth-Century Digambar Jain Mystic and His Followers*

Tāraṇ Taraṇ Svāmī and the Tāraṇ Svāmī Panth
ByJohn E. Cort
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chapter |87 pages

Demographic Trends in Jaina Monasticism

ByFlügel Peter
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part |57 pages

Property, Law And Ethics

chapter |18 pages

Architectural, Sculptural and Religious Change

A new interpretation of the Jaina temples at Khajuraho
ByJulia A. B. Hegewald
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chapter |19 pages

Jaina Law as an Unofficial Legal System

ByWerner Menski
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chapter |18 pages

Ahiṁsā and Compassion in Jainism

ByKristi L. Wiley
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