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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 ­business-or…

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Babb, Lawrence A., “Merchants”, 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 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2020

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