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Dharma Reader : Classical Indian Law (Hardcover) (Patrick Olivelle)

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Whether defined by family, lineage, caste, professional or religious association, village, or region, India's diverse groups did settle on an abstract concept of law in classical times. How did they reach this consensus? Was it based on religious grounds or a transcendent source of knowledge? Did it depend on time and place? And what apparatus did communities develop to ensure justice was done, verdicts were fair, and the guilty were punished?

Addressing these questions and more, 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 introduction that summarizes the development of various disciplines in intellectual-historical terms. It reconstructs the principal disputes of a given discipline, which not only clarifies the arguments but also relays the dynamism of the fight. For those seeking a richer understanding of the political and intellectual origins of a major twenty-first-century power, along with unique insight into the legal interactions among its many groups, this book offers conceptual detail, historical precision, and expository illumination unlike any other volume.

Number of Pages: 410
Genre: Religion + Beliefs, Freedom + Security / Law Enforcement
Series Title: Historical Sourcebooks in Classical Indian Thought
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr
Author: Patrick Olivelle
Language: English
Street Date: October 25, 2016
TCIN: 51505903
UPC: 9780231179560
Item Number (DPCI): 248-22-2902
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