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Jains in the World: Religious Values and Ideology in India 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0195132343
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"There is no doubt that the wealth of new data and ideas offered in this exquisite book provides the deepest insights yet into the contemporary religious world of Jain. It will serve for some time as a paradigmatic monograph for future empirical studies of Jain religious life." --Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies


"Jains in the World is a significant and welcome ethnography of contemporary Jains in western India by the most prominent scholar of Jainism in North America. This book is a must for scholars of South Asian religions and will provide scholars of Hindu traditions fine grounding both in a central dialectic of Jain thought and in contemporary Jain praxis." --International Journal of Hindu Studies


"A valuable addition to the literature on Jainism as a living faith. Since it has the additional merits of being clearly written, attractively illustrated, and free of unnecessary theoretical baggage, it should serve as a good introduction to this tradition for college students." --Journal of the American Oriental Society


"A must-read for understanding, by and large, the ritual world of the Jains. He has succeeded in proving that the concept of well-being is as central to the Jains' moral universe as their more entrenched pursuit of the goal of liberation of soul from karmic bondage."--History of Religions


"An essential read for students and scholars of Jainism. . . . it identifies and defines a realm of value in Jainism strongly alluded to by recent scholarship, but which, until now, had not been explicitly stated. For this reason Jains of the World will doubtless prove to be a fundamental turning point in the development of Jaina studies."-- The Journal of Religion


"There is no doubt that the wealth of new data and ideas offered in this exquisite book provides the deepest insights yet into the contemporary religious world of Jain liaty. It will serve for some time as a paradigmatic monograph for future empirical studies of Jain religious life." --Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies


"Jains in the World is a significant and welcome ethnography pf contemporary Jains in western India by the most prominent scholar of Jainism in North America. This book is a must for scholars of South Asian religions and will provide scholars of Hindu traditions fine grounding both in a central dialectic of Jain thought and in contemporary Jain praxis." --International Journal of Hindu Studies


"A valuable addition to the literature on Jainism as a living faith. Since it has the additional merits of being clearly written, attractively illustrated, and free of unnecessary theoretical baggage, it should serve as a good introduction to this tradition for college students." --Journal of the American Oriental Society


"A must-read for understanding, by and large, the ritual world of the Jains. He has succeeded in proving that the concept of well-being is as central to the Jains' moral universe as their more entrenched pursuit of the goal of liberation of soul from karmic bondage."--History of Religions


"An essential read for students and scholars of Jainism. . . . it identifies and defines a realm of value in Jainism strongly alluded to by recent scholarship, but which, until now, had not been explicitly stated. For this reason Jains of the World will doubtless prove to be a fundamental turning point in the development of Jaina studies."-- The Journal of Religion


"An authentic, detailed and penetrating explanation of the way the Jains of Patam practice their religion. John Cort's profound dedication and commitment to his subject is clearly evident on every page of this book. His sympathetic and keenly observed analysis of Jain principles will be of enormous help to future scholars and students of Islam."-Jain Spirit


"A study that does full justice to the integration of a regional Jain religious culture in multiple dimensions. This fine book immediately takes its place among the very best and most important existing studies of Jains and Jainism." -The Journal of the American Academy of Religion


"A welcome and vitally important contribution to the burgeoning literature in the field of Jain studies...As a clear, detailed, rich, and accessible account of the life of a community, Jains in the World is unsurpassed in the field of Jain studies, and stands as a fine example of ethnographic writing in the broader fields of antrhopology and the study of religion."--Journal of the American Academy of Religion


About the Author


Professor and Director of the Department of Religion at Denison University. Author of Framing the Jina (November 2009; 218 copies)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 22, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195132343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195132342
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,869,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is written by studying rituals of a particular sect (Shwetamber Murtipujak) of jainism only. Author has taken liberty of interpretating the meanings as suited. It seems that conclusions were pre-prepared and he just had to link everything to conclusion. This book does not show correct and complete picture of jain rituals.
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