Brill's Encyclopedia of Jainism Online

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The South Asian minority religion of Jainism has undoubtedly an ancient pedigree, but unlike Hinduism and Buddhism, which have similarly ancient roots, Jain law, a “nineteenth-century neologism” (Flügel, 2009, 363), has never been a politically dominant force anywhere and thus cannot be treated as an easily identifiable state-centric legal entity. This does not mean that Jainism and/or Jain law have no claims to a separate identity or lack solid ethical foundations, moral strength, and specific …

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Menski, Werner, “Law”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Jainism Online, Edited by: John E. Cort, Denison University, Paul Dundas, University of Edinburgh, Knut A. Jacobsen, University of Bergen, Kristi L. Wiley, University of California, Berkeley. Consulted online on 20 September 2019 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20190219

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