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Naradasmrti: Historical, Sociological, Political and Legal Study

Sunanda Y. Shastri (Author)
Synopsis Naradasmrti-a text of Circa 2nd or 3rd century A.D. occupies an unique place among the ancient Hindu law books. Usually, the Smrti texts deal with Acara (code of conduct); V yavahara (Law) and Prayascitta (espiation). Naradasmrti is the only ancient law text, which is exclusively devoted to Vyavahara. It deals with civil and criminal laws and judicial procedure. It evolved its own arrangement of titles of law and made original contribution to the field of ancient law. The written law in all probability known as the court of law comes to its real Supreme status in this work of Narada. Another special feature of this text is, it is liberal in handling the rights and freedom of women. It allows women to have divorce, nullification of marriage, and rights of inheritance. Naradasmrti’s popularity and authenticity in the contemporary period is revealed by the fact that more than seven hundred verses out of one thousand and twenty-eight verses of this text are found quoted by different authors and commentators of Smrti literature. This important epoch-making law text, till today has not received much attention from modern Indian and Occidental Scholars, which it really deserves. Its importance and original contribution to Civil and Criminal law is not widely known. The main aim of this work is to bring out Naradasmrti’s significant contribution made to civil and criminal law of ancient India, making indepth study of all its topics. Each topic of Naradasmrti is studied here in comparison with Manusmrti and Yajnavalkya-smrti.
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About the author

Sunanda Y. Shastri

Dr. Sunanada Y. Shastri, the author of this monograph, is Lecturer in Sanskrit, in the department of Sanskrit, University School of Languages, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad. She is First Class First with distinction in M.A. (Vyakarana) and recipient of three gold medals. She has also M.A. (Vedanta) from University of Pune. She holds Ph. D. degree of Gujarat University in Sanskrit. Her specialization is Dharmasastra, Vedanta and Grammar. She has traditionally studies Sanskrit in Pathasala at Pune. Dr. Sunanada Y. Shastri has four books to her credit. She has four books to her credit. She has several research papers published in English, Sanskrit and Marathi in national and international journals. She is the author of ‘Sanskrit for Beginners’ (1994), now in its second edition (1998). She has contributed by invitation, ‘Ahimsa and unity of all things: A Hindu view of Non-violence, to ‘Subverting Hatred’, published by Boston Research Centre, for the 21st Century, Cambridge, U.S.A. She has also contributed “Philosophy of Sri Vallabhacarya and His Followers”, to ‘Systems of Vedanta, Vol. II. Centre for Studies in Civilizations’, New Delhi. Dr. Sunanda Y. Shastri was invited by the Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, U.S.A. to teach Sanskrit in 1994.

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Title Naradasmrti: Historical, Sociological, Political and Legal Study
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8186050949
length xvi+469p., Notes; Appendix; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.