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

ISBN : 9780198702603

Patrick Olivelle; Donald R. Davis
576 ページ
156 x 234 mm

Through a pointed study of an important aspect or topic of dharma in Dharmasastra, this collection shows that the history of Hinduism cannot be written without the history of Hindu law. Part One provides a concise overview of the literary genres in which Dharmasastra was written with attention to chronology and historical developments. This study divides the tradition into its two major historical periods-the origins and formation of the classical texts and the later genres of commentary and digest-in order to provide a thorough, but manageable overview of the textual bases of the tradition. Part Two presents descriptive and historical studies of all the major substantive topics of Dharmasastra. Each chapter offers readers with direct knowledge of the debates, transformations, and fluctuating importance of each topic. Indirectly, readers will also gain insight into the ethos or worldview of religious law in Hinduism, enabling them to get a feel for how dharma authors thought and why. Part Three contains brief studies of the impact and reception of Dharmasastra in other South Asian cultural and textual traditions. Finally, Part Four draws inspiration from "critical terms" in contemporary legal and religious studies to analyze Dharmasastra texts. Contributors offer interpretive views of Dharmasastra that start from hermeneutic and social concerns today.


List of abbreviations
List of contributors
Introduction, Donald R. Davis, Jr.

1: Social and Literary History of Dharmaśāstra: The Foundational Texts, Patrick Olivelle
2: Social and Literary History of Dharmaśāstra: Commentaries and Legal Digests, Donald R. Davis, Jr. and David Brick

3: Epistemology of Law: dharmapramāṇa, Patrick Olivelle
4: Social Classes: varṇa, Mikael Aktor
5: Orders of Life: āśrama, Patrick Olivelle
6: Rites of Passage: saṃskāra, Axel Michaels
7: The Vedic Student: brahmacārin, Timothy Lubin
8: The Vedic Graduate: snātaka, Timothy Lubin
9: Marriage and the Householder: vivāha, gṛhastha, Stephanie W. Jamison
10: Women: strīdharma, Stephanie W. Jamison
11: Children: putra, duhitṛ, Donald R. Davis, Jr.
12: Inheritance: dāyabhāga, Ludo Rocher
13: Daily Duties: āhnika, Timothy Lubin
14: Food and Dietary Rules: abhakṣya, abhojya, Patrick Olivelle
15: Gifting: dāna, David Brick
16: Funeral and Ancestral Offerings: antyeṣṭi, śrāddha, Matthew R. Sayers
17: Impurity and Purification: āśauca, Mikael Aktor
18: Ascetics: pravrajita, vānaprastha, Patrick Olivelle
19: Law During Emergencies: āpaddharma, Adam Bowles
20: King: rājadharma, Mark McClish
21: Punishment: daṇḍa, Mark McClish
22: Legal Procedure: vyavahāra, Patrick Olivelle
23: Titles of Law: vyavahārapada, Mark McClish
24: Penance: prāyaścitta, David Brick
25: Vows and Observances: vrata, Donald R. Davis, Jr.
26: Pilgrimage: tīrthayātrā, Knut A. Jacobsen
27: Images and Temples: pratiṣṭhā, Richard H. Davis

28: History of the Reception of Dharmaśāstra, Donald R. Davis, Jr.
29: A Buddhist Vinaya as a Source for Indian Law, Gregory Schopen

30: Body, Ariel Glucklich
31: h Chapter 31:, Maria Heim
32: Ritual, Axel Michaels
33: Self and Subjectivity: The Wandering Ascetic and the Manifest World, Jonardon Ganeri
34: Material Culture and Society: The Ancient Indian Alestake, James McHugh
35: Embodiment of Dharma in Animals, Andrea Gutierrez
36: Vernacularization, Christian Lee Novetzke
37: Economics and Business as vaiśyadharma, Donald R. Davis, Jr.


Patrick Olivelle is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on the ancient Indian legal tradition of Dharmasastra. Olivelle has won several prestigious fellowships, including Guggenheim, NEH, and ACLS. He was elected Vice President of the American Oriental Society in 2004 and President in 2005. He is the editor of A Dharma Reader: Classical Indian Law (Columbia University Press, 2016).; Donald R. Davis is Associate Professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His current research broadens his interest in the practice of Hindu law in historical perspective, using materials beyond the Dharmasastra texts and from many parts of medieval India.