Volume 6: Cooperation, Contribution and Contestation

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615 pages, Hardcover,
17,0 x 24,0 cm, 2020
including 16 colour plates


"During the colonial period in India the small but economically powerful Jain community was at the centre of complex networks of trade and industrialisation and also involved in processes of political emancipation and social modernisation. This pioneering multidisciplinary collection reveals in fascinating detail how the Jains interacted in various ways with the British while at the same time becoming an object of academic study in the west."
Paul Dundas, Reader in Sanskrit, University of Edinburgh


The relationships of the Jains with colonial administrators, Western scholars, and missionaries between 1800 and 1950 were marked by both competition and cooperation, as they interacted in economic, political, intellectual and religious spheres. This volume traces these encounters, and also examines the contributions to the history of Jain studies made by Jain and non-Jain Indians through their collaborations with Western scholars. The book is divided into three sections. The first considers the engagement on the part of European missionaries and Orientalists, and British colonial officials, with Jains and Jainism from the eighteenth century to the early twentieth century. The second focuses on the changing dynamics of identities within the Jain community during the nineteenth century, brought about through their mercantile, entrepreneurial, philanthropic and legal activities. The final section maps the trajectory of Jainological studies undertaken by German, Italian, American and Indian scholars from the second half of the nineteenth century into the early twentieth century. Taken together, these chapters make an important interdisciplinary contribution to scholarly understanding of the Jains’ situation as a religious minority.

The editors are Andrea Luithle-Hardenberg, Assistant Professor at Frankfurt University’s Institute for Cultural Anthropology; John E. Cort, Professor of Asian and Comparative Religions at Denison University in Granville, Ohio; and Leslie C. Orr, Professor in the Department of Religions and Cultures at Concordia University in Montreal. Other contributors to the volume include Lawrence A. Babb, Nalini Balbir, Christoph Emmrich, Anna Aurelia Esposito, Gira Shroff Gratier, Hawon Ku, Mitch Numark, and Sushil K. Premchand.

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