March 12, 2015

Hinduism and Law

Timothy Lubin, Washington and Lee University School of Law, has published Hinduism and Law in Hinduism in India: Modern and Contemporary Movements (Will Sweetman and Aditya Malik, Sage Publications, 2015).   Here is the abstract.

Beginning with a review of the interaction between religion and law in premodern periods, this essay presents in more detail the complex developments since the seventeenth century up to the present day. This includes the creation of ‘Anglo-Hindu’ law, colonial administration of justice (including the legal treatment of disapproved Hindu practices), and the gradual restriction of Hindu law to matters of family law; legal treatment of Hindus and Hindu institutions under secular law in modern India and Nepal; and Hindu religion under modern secular law outside of South Asia. Throughout, the emphasis is on the fruits of research in the last thirty years or so, especially current developments.

Download the essay from SSRN at the link.

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