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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,”1 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 sociocultural structures capable of influen…

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Menski, Werner, “Law”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Jainism Online, Denison University University of Edinburgh University of Bergen University of California, Berkeley John E. Cort, Paul Dundas, Knut A. Jacobsen, Kristi L. Wiley. Consulted online on 29 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2020

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