Studies in Hindu Law and Dharmaśāstra

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Anthem Press, Oct 1, 2014 - Religion - 760 pages
The main sources for an understanding of classical Hindu law are the Sanskrit treatises on religious and legal duties, known as the Dharmaśāstras. In this collection of his major studies in the field, Ludo Rocher presents essays on a wide range of topics, from general themes such as the nature of Hindu law to technical matters including word studies and text criticism. Rocher’s deep engagement with the language and worldview of the authors in the Dharmaśāstra tradition yields distinctive and corrective contributions to the field. This collection serves as an invaluable introduction to a leading authority in the field of Indology.


 

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Contents

Foreword by Richard W Lariviere
9
Note on the Edition
15
Part One the nature Of hindu
37
The Historical Foundations of Ancient Indian Law
59
Where to Draw the Line
83
The Indian Dharmaśāstras
103
Schools of Hindu Law
119
Changing Patterns of Diversification in Hindu Law
129
Lawyers in Classical Hindu Law
417
Anumāna in the Bṛhaspatismṛti
435
Possession Held for Three Generations by Persons Related
445
The Vīramitrodaya on the Right of Private Defence
451
The Technical Term Anubandha in Sanskrit Legal Literature
473
Vātsyāyanas Attitude
481
In Defense of Jīmūtavāhana
497
Dāsadāsī
503

Part twO GeneraL tOPics Of hindu
143
The Normative Texts
201
Megasthenes on Indian Lawbooks
215
The Status of Minors according to Classical Hindu Law
235
Quandoque bonus dormitatJīmūtavāhanas?
249
Notes on Mixed Castes in Classical India
255
The Principle of Spiritual Benefit
267
The Theory of Matrimonial Causes According
279
The Divinity of Royal Power in Ancient India
315
A Few Considerations on Monocracy in AncientIndia
331
Part three hindu LeGaL PrOcedure
359
The Problem of the Mixed Reply in Ancient Hindu Law
395
Mitra Miśras Criticism
405
The Definition of Vākparuṣya
513
The First Chapters
527
Karma and Rebirth in the Dharmaśāstras
539
Fine Pecuniary Penalty
565
Avyāvahārika Debts and Kauṭilya 3 1 111 The Sūtras and Śāstras on the Eight Types of Marriage 581
581
Caritraṃ Pustakaraṇe
597
The Terms Niyukta Aniyukta and Niyoga
603
The Aurasa Son
613
The Introduction of the Gautamadharmasūtra
623
Part five anGLOhindu and custOmary
631
Can a Murderer Inherit his Victims Estate? British Responses
643
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About the author (2014)

Ludo Rocher is W. Norman Brown Professor Emeritus of South Asia Regional Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Donald R. Davis, Jr. is associate professor of South Asian religions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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