Brill's Encyclopedia of Jainism Online

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Edited by: John E. Cort, Denison University, Paul Dundas, University of Edinburgh, Knut A. Jacobsen, University of Bergen, Kristi L. Wiley, University of California, Berkeley

Brill’s Encyclopedia of Jainism Online makes available up-to-date research on main aspects of the Jain traditions in original essays written by some of the world’s foremost scholars on Jainism. The encyclopedia is thematic and seeks to present a balanced and impartial view of Jainism with a focus on both historical and contemporary traditions and institutions. The articles address topics such as the human condition, pantheons, historical perspectives, regional cultures, renunciation, lay society, ritual, devotion, visual and material culture, time and space, literature, and philosophy and logic.

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Author(s): Babb, Lawrence A.
Jains are commonly stereotyped as wealthy merchants and bankers, but while there is considerable validity to this picture, the reality is far more complex. It is true that Jains are a major presence in India’s business world, but this is a world they share with several prominent non-Jain trading communities, including Muslims, Hindus, and Parsis. Further, it is not the case that all Jain communities are business-oriented, as we shall see anon. But with these qualifications noted, it remains true…
Date: 2019-04-15