A Brief History of Dharmaśāstra

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Abhinav Publications, 1999 - Dharma - 400 pages
The book is the first attempt to present within a sho~ compass, a systematic account of Dharma¬~astra comprising both original Smçti works and digests written in different regions of India. It de¬scribes the contents of the above works under the principal heads. viz. Acära (conduct and custom), PRAYASSCITTA (expiation). Vyavahara (secular law) and Rãjadhaflhla (politiCS and statecraft). The chapter Ofl Ethics deals with the eternal values of life, which will help the reconstruction of the present Indian societY passing through a crisis of values. In the chapter on Society, reflected in Dharmasastra, the reader will have an idea of ancient Indians about untouchabjlltY dalits slave~ women Sati daha euthanasia elements of socialism, etc. The book is a must for all those who are interested in Indian sociology.
 

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Contents

I INTRODUCTION
1
II POLITICAL SOCIAL AND RELIGIOUS BACKGROUND
10
III EVOLUTION OF DHARMSASTRA
24
IV SELECTED TOPICS OF DHARMASASTRA
77
V ETHICS IN DHARMASASTRA
101
VI PURANA AND SMRTI
110
VII TANTRA AND SMRTI
114
VIII INTERRELATION AMONG DIFFERENT SCHOOLS OF NAVYASMRTI
116
X RATIONALISM TOLERANCE AND GERMS OF SOCIALISM IN DHARMASASTRA
298
XI EPILOGUE
306
APPENDIX I
318
APPENDIX II
322
APPENDIX III
329
GLOSSARY
333
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
385
INDEX
395

IX SOCIETY REFLECTED IN DHARMASASTRA
157

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