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Jainism: The World of Conquerors (Volume 1) Paperback – October 19, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: World of Conquerors
  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Sussex Academic Press (October 19, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1898723966
  • ISBN-13: 978-1898723967
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,412,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"These two volumes provide an intimate vantage view of what the author calls the world of conquerors' - a world of inner and outer space waiting to be conquered not by warlike weapons unleashed by greed, malice, domination, violence and exploitation but by peaceful conquerors following principles and practice of Right Knowledge, Right Faith, and Right Austerities, based on reverence for life, compassion, non-violence, equanimity and a sense of mutual interdependence." -- From the Foreword by His Excellency Dr L. M. Singhvi, formerly High Commissioner for India.

About the Author

Dr. Natubhai Shah, a medical graduate of Bombay University, is Chairman of the Jain Academy and Founder President of Jain Samaj Europe. He represents Jainism at the highest level.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
At Last! Here is a comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date survey of the Jain community and its ancient faith, written by a well-known practising Jain. In two substantial volumes, totalling around 700 pages, Dr Natubhai Shah has produced what will surely be the definitive guide to Jainism for a long time to come. There is nothing to match it in any European language. These two volumes should be in every important reference library and in every academic library where world religions are studied. Scholars will want their own copy for constant reference (and enjoyment, for this is a very enjoyable work). The author draws on his own experience as a Jain by birth, upbringing and sincere belief, as well as on his extensive studies in English and Indian languages, to present a full picture which is unrivalled in the available literature. He discusses the history of Jainism, the Jain community and popular religion, the modern situation and current trends. In the second volume he ranges widely over the Jain view of the universe, philosophy, logic and science. He outlines the corpus of sacred scriptures and describes the Jain heritage in art and architecture: Jain temples are amongst the finest in India. He ends his work by placing Jainism in the context of the world's spiritual quest. The two volumes are handsomely produced, with well-chosen illustrations. They are well-indexed, with bibliographies of works in English and Indian languages and an extensive glossary of Sanskrit and Prakrit terms.
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