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Facets of Jainology

Vilas Adinath Sangave (Author)
Synopsis The Jain Community is one of the oldest communities in the world. It has made several important contributions to society. However, knowledge about this ancient community is very limited. Facets of Jainology, a collection of research papers, presents to the world a complete picture of the Jain community's way of life, its people and its culture. The book is divided into three parts. The first part is about the Jain society. This section deals with the sociological structure of the Jain society, the caste system, the position of widows and several other important issues. The second part is about the antiquity of the Join religion, the Jam tradition of the Tirthankaras, Jainism's inherent belief in the principle of Ahimsa and the status of Jainism today. The concluding part is on Jain culture. Perhaps the most important contribution of the Jains is in the field of language, literature, education and learning. Another important contribution is in the field of art and architecture. The Jain temples are some of the most ancient in the world. Some of the oldest Jain paintings and sculptures are to be found in caves scattered all across India. Besides these, the most important contribution of Jainism towards society is the principle of Ahimsa, which forms the basis for rules of conduct laid down for its followers. The Jain saints have played a significant role in the uplift of society by banishing harmful anti-social practices from society, by encouraging the government to take up welfare schemes for the poor and by spreading religious and secular education among the masses. Facets of Jainogy is a treasure-house of knowledge which will be useful to scholars as well as ordinary people interested in delving into the various aspects of Jainology.
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About the author

Vilas Adinath Sangave

Vilas Adinath Sangave is an eminent Jainologist. His retired as Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology, Shivaji University, Kolhapur. He was previously in the Department of Sociology in the Karnataka College, Dharwar from 1947 to 1956, and in Rajaram College, Kolhapur from 1956 to 1975. As an active senior member of the Sociology Faculty, he has been closely associated with academic organisations like the Indian Sociological Society, Indian Council of Social Science Research, several universities and government committees. Sangave has to his credit a number of research publications which have secured international recognition. Some of these works are Life and Legacy of Mahavira : A Social Study (1976), History of Dakshin Bharat Jain Sabha (1976), Sacred Shravana Belagola : A Socio-Religious Study (1981), Hirachand Nemchand : The Pioneer of Jain Social Reform Movement. (1989), Aspects of Jaina Religion (1990), The Jain Path of Ahimsa (1991), Jam Culture, Tradition and Impact (1991) and Jaina Society Through the Ages (1992). He has also written several standard university level books on Sociology and Social Anthropology in Marathi and these have been translated into Kannada and Gujarati. A publication in English, entitled Jaina Community : A Social Survey, has gained wide acclaim and readership. Vilas Adinath Sangave is, at present, the Director of Shahu Research Centre, Shivaji University, Kolhapur.

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Title Facets of Jainology
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8171548393
length xi+242p., Tables; Appendix.