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Edicts of King Asoka: A New Vision

 
Meena Talim (Author)
Synopsis

King Asoka has come to be regarded as one of the most exemplary rulers in world history. His edits, inscribed on rocks and pillars, proclaim Asoka's reforms and policies and promulgate his advice to his subjects.

The present book makes a pioneering attempt to provide the texts of Asoka's edits converted into Pali along with English translations and observations. The introduction discusses pertinent problems, viz: Dates of the edicts, why King Asoka did not eulogize Buddha?, who inscribed the edicts and how were they inscribed? For the first time all the edicts-rock edicts, pillar edicts, cave edicts and edicts inscribed outside India have been studied together. I n addition, tables of chronology of all the edicts have been enumerated. Also provided are the maps giving the exact location of the edicts.

The present rending of his edicts offers the reader insights into a powerful and capable ruler's attempt to establish an empire on the formulation of righteousness, a reign which makes the moral and spiritual welfare of his subjects its primary concern. The volume would thus provide a peep into the life and personality of King Asoka and is bound to be an asset for the scholars, students and those interested in Ancient Indian History and Culture.

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About the author

Meena Talim

Dr. Meena Talim is an internationaly renowned scholar. She was retired as a Professor and Head of Departments of Pali and Ancient Indian Culture, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai (1990). She was the first to be awarded Ph.D. in Pali from University of Mumbai (1960), in Maharastra and the first lady student in India.

Her contribution to the subject, in various aspects, Social, Literary, Political, historical, Medicine and Surgery, Art and Architecture is remarkably significant. Her publication includes 'Buddhavamsa' (1969), 'Women in Early Buddhist Literature (1972)', 'Bagh Paintings' (2004), 'Science of Medicine and Surgery (2009), 'Edicts of King Aoeoka (2010)', 'Life of Women in Buddhist Literature (2010)', 'Ajanta Paintings - Unidentified and Misinterpreted (2013)', 'Bagh Paintings and Sculptures Identifications (2014)', Buddhist Art Vol. I & II (2014). Busshiat Studies, Vol. I and II (2015), 'Sigiriya Paintings of Shri Lanka, Identification & Interpretations (2015)', 'Sanskrit Jatakas of Arya OEura and PaliJatakas (2017)', 'Buddhist Judisprudence (2016)', 'A Comparative and Critical Study of Mahavastu Avadana and Pali-Jatakas (Asiatic Society of Mumbai), 2018', 'A Religious and Cultural Impact on Dunhuang - Cave of China (2018)' Forthcoming - 'Sculptures of Lonad Cave and Pandava-Leni.'

She has been felicitated by, St. Xavier's College, University of Mumbai, University of S.N.D.T.; University of Mumbai - Dept. of Sanskrit, Dept. of Pali, Unicersity of Mumbai, University of Pune.

She has gained National Lifetime Archievement Award for Buddhist Art - K.J. Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies (2008), Second Lifetime Achievement Award for Buddhist Art by Governor of Maharashtra (2013), National Award for Pali and Buddhist Studies-Manjuushri, Allahabad (2015), Life Achievement Award (Jeevan Gaurava Paritoshaka) by Kokan Itihasa Parishad (2018).

Dr. Talim is presently working as a Honarary Professo at K.J. Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies and visiting Professor at University of Mumbai.

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Bibliographic information

Title Edicts of King Asoka: A New Vision
Author Meena Talim
Format Hardcover
Date published: 12.01.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173053856
length xxxviii+354p., Bibliography; Index; 27cm.