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Jimutavahana's Dayabhaga: The Hindu Law of Inheritance in Bengal

Ludo Rocher


This is a translation of a twelfth‐century Sanskrit legal text, with the original text. The Dāyabhāga was one of the most important texts in the history of Indian law. It is important because the British elevated it to such prominence in their new colony in the early nineteenth century. The text was taken as the authority on property inheritance and significant aspects of family law for the eastern Indian region. The case law and scholarship that surround it have shaped Indian personal law right up to the present day, although, since the Hindu Succession Act of 1956, it is no longer used in co ... More

Keywords: Dāyabhāga, family law, Hindu law, Indian law, inheritance, legal history, property inheritance, Sanskrit, translations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195138177
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195138171.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ludo Rocher, editor
University of Pennsylvania