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Ownership and Inheritance in Sanskrit Jurisprudence

Christopher T. Fleming


An account of theories of ownership (svatva) and inheritance (dāya) in Sanskrit jurisprudential literature (Dharmaśāstra). This book examines the evolution of different?juridical models of inheritance—in which families held property in trusts or in tenancies-in-common—against the backdrop of related developments in the philosophical understanding of ownership in the Sanskrit text-traditions of hermeneutics (Mīmāṃsā) and logic (Nyāya) respectively. Ownership and Inheritance reconstructs medieval Sanskrit theories of property and traces the emergence of various competing schools of Sanskrit juri ... More

Keywords: Hindu, law, property, ownership, inheritance, India, jurisprudence, East India Company, Sanskrit, Sanskrit, Dharmaśāstra

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198852377
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198852377.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher T. Fleming, author
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oxford