Essays in this volume offer fresh insights into Jain principles of Ahimsa and Anekanta by examining their meaning and historical significance, and demonstrate their relevance and role in addressing contemporary issues of intolerance, conflict, violence and war. Contributors to this book bring perspectives from the disciplines of philosophy, religious studies, history and art history.
''These essays contain piercing and prescriptive approaches to grappling, according to Jain tradition, with current geopolitics, particularly in the wake of terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001Â In addressing a host of tantalizing Jain clues to human salvation and the global amelioration of suffering, the contributors to his impressive volume have unearthed a continual appeal that has worked for the Jains for millennia and could work for others.''
About the Author:
Tara Sethia is Professor of History and Director of Ahimsa Center at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Ahimsa in Jainism and its Significance Today
Views on Ahimsa, Compassion and Samyaktva in Jainism
|The Jaina Response to Terrorism
|Ahimsa and ''Just War'' in Jainism
Padmanabh S. Jaini
|Nonviolence for All
Anekantavada in Jainism and Contemporary Context
Mahavira, Anekantavada, and the World Today
|Why is Anekantavada Important?
John M. Koller
|Anekanta, Ahimsa and the Question of Pluralism
|Anekanta in Present Day Social Life
|Beyond Anekantavada: A Jain Approach to Religious Tolerance
|Religious Dissonance and Reconciliation: The Haribhadra Story
Christopher Key Chapple
Jainism in History Textbooks and in Art and Epigraphy
Jainism and Mahavira in Indian History Textbooks
|Exemplars of Anekanta and Ahimsa: The Case of the Early Jains of Mathura in Art and Epigraphy
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