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Jains are commonly stereotyped as wealthy merchants and bankers, but while there is considerable validity to this picture, the reality is far more complex. It is true that Jains are a major presence in India’s business world, but this is a world they share with several prominent non-Jain trading communities, including Muslims, Hindus, and Parsis. Further, it is not the case that all Jain communities are busine…

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Babb, Lawrence A., “Merchants”, 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: 20180316

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