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1 Patrick Olivelle (Ed. & Tr.)
A Dharma Reader: Classical Indian Law
Orient BlackSwan; New Delhi, India; 2017; 8178244942 / 9788178244945; Hardcover; New; New; 
In classical times, India’s diverse groups – whether defined by family or caste, professional or religious association – settled on a concept of law. How did they reach consensus? Was it based in religion or transcendent knowledge? Did it depend on time and place? What apparatus existed to ensure justice and fair verdicts?Addressing these questions and more, A Dharma Reader traces the definition and process of Indian law from the third century bce to the middle ages. Its breadth captures the centuries-long struggle by Indian thinkers to theorize law in a complex society.The volume includes new and accessible translations of key texts, notes that explain the significance and chronology of selections, and a comprehensive introduction that summarizes the development of various disciplines in intellectual and historical terms.With exceptional detail and historical precision, this Reader provides unique insights into the legal interactions among India’s many groups. Printed Pages: 424. 111474

Price: 59.75 USD
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2 Patrick Olivelle (ed.)
Asoka in History and Historical Essays
Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2009; 812083402X / 9788120834026; First Edition; Hardcover; New; Very Good; 
Printed Pages: 149 with numerous b/w illustrations. 039721

Price: 125.00 USD
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3 Patrick Olivelle
Dharma: Studies in its Semantic, Cultural and Religious History
Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2009; 8120833384 / 9788120833388; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
This is the first scholarly book devoted to the study of the term dharma with in the broad scope of Indian cultural and religious history. Most generalizations about Indian culture and religion upon close scrutiny turn out to be inaccurate. An exception undoubtedly is the term dharma. This term and the notions underlying it clearly constitute the most central feature of Indian civilization down the centuries, irrespective of linguistic, sectarian, or regional differences. The nineteen papers included in this collection deal with many significant historical manifestations of the term dharma. These studies by some of the leading scholars in the respective fields will both present a more nuanced picture of the semantic history of dharma by putting contours onto the flat landscape we have inherited and spur further studies of this concept so central for understanding the cultural history of the Indian subcontinent.Printed Pages: 500. 102515

Price: 23.96 USD
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4 Patrick Olivelle
King, Governance, and Law in Ancient India: Kautilya's Arthasasra
Oxford University Press; 2014; 0198096267 / 9780198096269; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Printed Pages: 750. 037884

Price: 32.95 USD
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5 Patrick Olivelle
Renunciation in Hinduism: A Medieval Debate, 2 Vols
Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 1986; 3900271151 / 9783900271152; Softcover; New; 
Debate was the life blood of Indian thought. It unleashed the creative insights of theologians and sharpened the logical acumen of philosophers. In Indian techniques and rules of debate were the forerunners of logic. They informed not only the conduct of live debates but also the style and argument of writing. What PHYLLIS GRANOFF says about Sri Harsa’s Khandanakhankakhadya and the commentaries on the Vedanta Sutra is applicable to much of the philosophical and theological writings of the Indian middle ages: they "maintain their strong links with the tradition of oral debate," and appear to be "debate(s) set in writing".Printed Pages: 349. 102102

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6 Patrick Olivelle (ed. & trs)
Rules and Regulations of Brahmanical Asceticism: Yatidharmasam-uccaya of Yadava Prakasa
Sri Satguru Publications; New Delhi, India; 8170305152 / 9788170305156; New; 

Price: 14.25 USD
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7 Patrick Olivelle
The Asrama System: The History and Hermeneutics of a Religious Institution
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2016; 8121511356 / 9788121511353; First Indian Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
The lesser known and explored of the two pillars of Hinduism, varna and asrama, asrama is a system of four distinct and legitimate ways of leading a religious life: as a celibate student, a married householder, a forest hermit, and a world renouncer. In this, the first full-length study of the asrama system, Patrick Olivelle uncovers its origin and traces its subsequent history. He examines in depth its relationship to other institutional and doctrinal aspects of the Brahmanical world and its position within Brahmanical theology, and assesses its significance within the history of Indian religion. Throughout, the author argues that the asrama system is primarily a theological construct and that the system and its history should be carefully distinguished from the socio-religious institutions comprehended by the system and from their respective histories. Olivelle pays special attention to how the system was theologically re-appropriated in diverse ways at different historical periods through the hermeneutic labors of exegetes and theologians. The Asrama System thus represents a major study not only of Hindu religious, history, but also of the tradition of Indian hermeneutics. In 1994 The Asrama System was the winner of the American Academy of Religion's Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in the Historical category. Printed Pages: 287. 033987

Price: 21.95 USD
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8 Patrick Olivelle
The Early Upanisads: Annotated text and Translation
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 1998; 8121508614 / 9788121508612; Reprint; Hard Cover; New; New; 
The Upanishads are the central scriptures of Hinduism. They represent some of the most important literary products in the history of Indian culture and religion, both because they played a critical role in the development of religious ideas in India and because they are our greatest source for the religious, social, and intellectual history of ancient India. Composed at a time of great social, economic, and religious change, the Upanisads document the transition from the archaic ritualism of the Veda into new religious ideas and institutions. In the Introduction Olivelle provides a solid background for understanding these ancient documents. He examines both the social background of the Upanisads and their literary history: authorship, chronology, and geographical provenance. He describes the ritual practices and terminology, Vedic conceptions of the cosmos and of human physiology and psychology. Finally, Olivelle examines the central Upanisadic preoccupation of finding interconnections among the diverse elements of the universe. The copious notes present some of the most present philological and historical research on this material and give the reader detailed explanations of difficult passages. The list of names identifies all the major individuals and geographical names occurring in the Upanisads. Two charts present the texts of the Vedic corpus and the plan of the Vedic sacrificial arena. A map shows the geographical areas mentioned in the Upanisads and the places where the different Upanisads may have been composed. A detailed index of subjects is also provided. The first major English translation of the ancient Upanisads for over half a century, Olivelle's work incorporates the most recent historical and philological scholarship and presents the Sanskrit text and translation on facing pages. All major variant readings and emendations suggested by scholars are given in the notes, which, together with an informative introduction and detailed explanatory notes, make this edition ideal for both specialists and students of Indian religion and culture. Printed Pages: 699. 031942

Price: 48.95 USD
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