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Women In The Sacred Laws
Kulapati's Preface The Author
Foreword Prologue
The Dharma Sutras Contemporary Evidence
The Manu - Samhita The Later Law-Books
Digest On Hindu Law Espirit Des Lois
Major Sections

THE COMMENTARIES AND DIGESTS ON HINDU

We thus find that an unbroken tradition continued in the south, whereas in the north, probably owing to the permanent establishment of Muslim rule, the study and progress of law was discouraged. And at last came to a stand still. After a time, with the revival of Hindu Law and culture, the books of the South came into prominence.

As they alone carried traditional culture, they were considered authoritative and were made textbooks in many centres of learning. Prof. Jolly, in a strikingly interesting passage describes the way in which the books of the Southern writers were carried to the North and to different parts of India, and gradually, with lapse of time, gained an authoritative position all over the country.

The difference of the Bengal school from these authors can be accounted for only by the loss of many law-books which formed a connecting link with, these authors. The Dayabhaga refers to many such works, which became obsolete in later literature.8

The gradual spread of the influence of these authors is thus described: 'King Apararka's commentary, which may have been brought into Kasmir by one of the ambassadors of Apararka, has remained there down to this day and is almost the only law-book used by the pandita of that country.

When, in the 14th and 15th centuries, Visvesvara or Kashtha, near Delhi, under took, by order of his king Madanapala, to set forth the doctrines of Hindu Law in two learned works, he began it by writing a commentary on the Mitakshara. It is to the same King Madanapala that a traditional account attributes the merit of having recovered the lost commentary of Medhatithi.

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