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Defining slavery is complex. This is to be expected from an institution which, in its various forms, existed all over the world and from the beginnings of recorded human history until the 21st century. Given the vast temporal (3d millennium BCE to c. 1300 CE) and spatial (the Indian subconti…

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Shrimali, K.M., “Slavery”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 29 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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