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Hindu Law: Beyond Tradition and Modernity

Werner Menski


This book presents a study on a postmodernist analysis of classical Hindu law, which has become neglected due to the modernist assumptions about the increasing irrelevance of ‘religious’ legal systems. The book is split into three parts. The first part focuses on the historical and conceptual background of Hindu law, while the second part concentrates on five facets of Hindu law that go beyond tradition and modernity, namely the Hindu marriage law, child marriage, polygamy, divorce, and the maintenance law. Finally, the third part presents a concluding analysis to the preceding chapters, where ... More

Keywords: postmodernist analysis, Hindu law, modernist assumptions, religious legal systems, Hindu marriage law, child marriage, polygamy, divorce, maintenance law, post modern condition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195699210
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195699210.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Werner Menski, author