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I. History of Religions – II. Missiology

I. History of Religions

Jainism is a religion of India that appeared in the 5th century bce in the eastern Ganges basin in the region of the modern states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, in the same religious and social environment as Buddhism. Its messenger Mahāvīra, a contemporary of the Buddha, received the honorific title Jina (“Victor”), after which his followers call themselves Jains. Like Buddhism, Jainism rejected the authority of the Vedas,…

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von Rospatt, Alexander and Amaladoss, Michael, “Jainism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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