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Jain Literature in Hindi
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In discussing Jain literary production in Hindi, one must first come to terms with what exactly constitutes “Hindi” as a literary language. The landscape of premodern North Indian vernacular literature is marked by fluid linguistic, grammatical, and aesthetic boundaries, and attempts to pinpoint exactly when and where “Hindi” composition began have largely relied on reading back onto the past modern political concerns and agendas. Of particular importance to this discussion is the artificial dis…

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Clines, Gregory M., “Jain Literature in Hindi”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Jainism Online, 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. Consulted online on 15 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20190206

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