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Centre of Jaina Studies

Book Launch: 'Contributions to Jaina Studies: Jaina Schools & Sects' and 'Askese und Devotion: Das Rituelle System der Śvetāmbara Terāpanth Jaina'

Prof J.C. Wright (Honorary President CoJS), Dr Peter Flügel (SOAS), Dr Samani Pratibha Pragya & Samani Unnata Pragya (Jain Vishva Bharati & SOAS)

Date: 22 March 2019Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 22 March 2019Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Book Launch

Contributions to Jaina Studies: Jaina Schools and Sects

Contributions to Jaina Studies: Jaina Schools & Sects

Peter Flügel

The twelve articles assembled in this first volume of the author’s Collected Papers in Jaina Studies, written in English, were published as journal articles and book chapters between 1996 and 2016. They are reproduced here in almost identical form, though an attempt was made to eliminate typographical errors and minor mistakes. Three articles, chapters 2, 6, and 11, which, on request, were first published without the use of diacritical marks, have been changed back to their original format. In a few cases, the biographical data of recently deceased individuals were updated.

The articles address aspects of the history, doctrine, organisation, and ways of life in Jaina mendicant orders, sects and schools, following an overview of the contemporary monastic traditions. The majority are outcomes of a long-term research project, covering a period of over 30 years, on the aniconic or amūrtipūjaka Śvetāmbara Jaina traditions, which had been neglected by modern scholarship and, with the notable exception of the Terāpanth and the Śramaṇa Saṃgha, are still almost unknown even in India itself. Two articles pertain to the Akrama Vijñāna Mārga, a new syncretistic religious movement, combining Sāṃkhya ontology with Jaina soteriology.

The articles are re-published in a thematic sequence. The original dates and places of publication are: (1) Flügel, P. (ed.) (2006), Studies in Jaina History and Culture: Disputes and Dialogues. London: Routledge Advances in Jaina Studies, pp. 312-398; (2) Melton, J. G. & G. Baumann (eds.) (2002), Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, pp. 1221-1223; (3) Kimura, T. (ed.) (2014), Indian and Buddhist Studies in Honor of President Dr. Shouou (Kiyoaki) Okuda in Recognition of his Lifelong Scholarship. Osaka: Kosei Publishers, pp. 314-333; (4) Caillat, C. & N. Balbir (eds.) (2008), Jaina Studies. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidas, pp. 181-279; (5) Jaina Studies: Newsletter of the Centre of Jaina Studies 11 (2016) 28-31; (6) Melton, J. G. & G. Baumann (eds.) (2002), Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, pp. 1266-1267; (7) Bulletin D'Études Indiennes 13 (1996) 117-176; (8) South Asia Research 23, 1 (2003) 7-53; (9) Qvarnström, O. (ed.) (2003), Jainism and Early Buddhism in the Indian Cultural Context: Festschrift in Honour of P.S. Jaini. Fremont, California: Asian Humanities Press, pp 167-204; (10) Jaina Studies: Newsletter of the Centre of Jaina Studies 4 (2009) 24-29; (11) King, A. S. & J. Brockington (eds.) (2005), The Intimate Other: Love Divine in the Indic Religions. New Delhi: Orient Longman, pp 194-243; (12) International Journal of Tantric Studies 7, 1 & 7, 2 (2005) 1-43 & 1-28.

A significant number of the author’s publications on the amūrtipūjaka traditions are issued in German, notably a monograph on the Terāpanth tradition (Askese und Devotion: Das rituelle System der Terāpanth Śvetāmbara Jaina. Band I-II. Alt- und Neuindische Studien 56. Dettelbach: Röll Verlag, 2018), and the first four of six instalments of a comprehensive study of the history of the Sthānakavasī traditions, published under the title 'Protestantische und Post-Protestantische Jaina-Reformbewegungen: Zur Geschichte und Organisation der Sthānakavāsī I-IV' in the Berliner Indologische Studien 13-14 (2000) 37-103, 15-17 (2003) 149-240, 18 (2007) 127-206, 20 (2012) 37-124. These publications should be read in conjunction with the articles presented in this volume.

Contributions to Jaina Studies: Jaina Schools & Sects. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2019, pp. 567 + Index, ISBN 978-81-208-4239-7

Askese und Devotion: Das Rituelle System der Śvetāmbara Terāpanth Jaina

Askese und Devotion: Das Rituelle System der Śvetāmbara Terāpanth Jaina (Alt- und Neuindische Studien 56,1-2)

Peter Flügel

The two-part monograph Asceticism and Devotion: The Ritual System of the Terāpanth Śvetāmbara Jaina, based on fieldwork and archival research mainly conducted in Rajasthan in 1992-93, describes history, philosophy, organisation, ritual system, and influence of a ‘protestant’ Jaina mendicant order that doctrinally rejects image-veneration and from 1949 onward pursued a modernist agenda. Jainism as a lived religion is analysed here for the first time as a dynamic social system with regard to an individual Jaina sect that self-referentially reproduces itself through selective networks of actions and communications connecting itinerant mendicants and their devotees. The work is both an ethnography and a contribution to the comparative sociology of knowledge. The empirical investigation focuses on the documentation and historical contextualisation of religious practices, the overall aim of the study is a better theoretical understanding of the effects of social forces on the structure of thought by way of an exemplary investigation of current processes of change and modernisation in the Jaina tradition.

Askese und Devotion: Das rituelle System der Terāpanth Śvetāmbara Jaina. Band I-II. Dettelbach: Röll Verlag, 2018 (Alt-und Neu-Indische Studien, Vol. 56, 1-2), Vol. 1, pp. 547, Vol. 2, pp. 680, ISBN: 978-3-89754-549-6.

Speakers: Prof J.C. Wright (Honorary President CoJS), Dr Peter Flügel (SOAS), Dr Samani Pratibha Pragya & Samani Unnata Pragya (Jain Vishva Bharati & SOAS)

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