The A to Z of Jainism

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This is a unique quick-reference book about a religion with an unbroken history of more than 2,500 years and one which has influenced India's culture throughout this period.

At the core of Jainism's teachings is non-violence (ahimsa), which Mahatma Gandhi brought to world consciousness by adopting it as the guiding principle in the campaign he led for India's freedom. In Jainism, non-violence extends equally to man's relationship with all natural life, a sensitivity being articulated anew in contemporary times by a concern for the environment and animal rights, etc.

This book covers all important touchstones of Jainism in more than 450 crisp, alphabetical entries spanning:

  • The basic teachings of Jainism
  • The life of Mahavira, the twenty-fourth Tirthankara of Jainism and its best-known and most influential propagator
  • The main sectarian traditions of Jainism and mendicant and lay practices
  • Important Jain scriptures
  • Influential Jain leaders and scholars
  • Sacred and historic Jain sites
  • Jain prayers and pilgrimages, beliefs, rituals and ceremonies.

A detailed Introduction provides a holistic overview of Jainism; and a chronology highlights important Jain milestones. An extensive, subject-wise bibliography guides interested readers to in-depth resources on various topics.

AuthorKristi L. Wiley
Weight99 g
Language TypePublished
Number Of Items10
Number Of Pages328
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2014-05
PublisherOrient Paperbacks
StudioOrient Paperbacks
Sales Rank171621

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