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The Oxford History of Hinduism: Hindu Law: A New History of Dharmaśāstra

Patrick Olivelle and Donald R. Davis


The foundation of Hindu law is the voluminous textual tradition called Dharmaśāstra, the expert tradition on dharma. This book seeks to delineate the historical development of Dharmaśāstra, even though the tradition presented dharma as timeless and ahistorical. The volume establishes the importance of law for the history and study of Hinduism by providing interpretive descriptions of all the major topics of Hindu dharma according to this tradition. First, two broad introductions to the historical development of the textual sources of Hindu law suggest new ways to understand both the original t ... More

Keywords: Hinduism, dharma, Dharmaśāstra, Hindu law, smṛti, caste, household life, ritual, law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198702603
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198702603.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Olivelle, editor
Professor Emeritus in the Department of Asian Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Donald R. Davis, editor
Associate Professor in the Department of Asian Studies, University of Texas at Austin

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Donald R. Davis, Jr.

Part I History

2 Social and Literary History of Dharmaśāstra

Donald R. Davis, Jr. and David Brick

Part II Topics

3 Epistemology of Law

Patrick Olivelle

4 Social Classes

Mikael Aktor

5 Orders of Life

Patrick Olivelle

6 Rites of Passage

Axel Michaels

7 The Vedic Student

Timothy Lubin

8 The Vedic Graduate

Timothy Lubin

9 Marriage and the Householder

Stephanie W. Jamison

10 Women

Stephanie W. Jamison

11 Children

Donald R. Davis, Jr.

12 Inheritance

Ludo Rocher

13 Daily Duties

Timothy Lubin

14 Food and Dietary Rules

Patrick Olivelle

15 Gifting

David Brick

18 Ascetics

Patrick Olivelle

20 King

Mark McClish

21 Punishment

Mark McClish

22 Legal Procedure

Patrick Olivelle

23 Titles of Law

Mark McClish

24 Penance

David Brick

25 Vows and Observances

Donald R. Davis, Jr.

26 Pilgrimage

Knut A. Jacobsen

27 Images and Temples

Richard H. Davis

Part III Influences

Part IV Interpretive Approaches

30 Body

Ariel Glucklich

31 Emotions

Maria Heim

32 Ritual

Axel Michaels

33 Self and Subjectivity

Jonardon Ganeri

36 Vernacularization

Christian Lee Novetzke

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