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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

WOMEN IN THE SACRED LAWS PROLOGUE

Here was introduced first in a prominent manner the secular aspect of law and it was this that changed from age to age according to conditions; no distinction was made between the two in early codes; every action of human life was clothed with some religious aspect.

Hence from the cradle to the grave, the life of man was a series of religious duties. This harmonious combination of all aspects of human life—the religious, the metaphysical and the philosophic with the secular is reflected in the later law codes.

Thus custom played an important part in law; the provisions of laws were adjusted according to changing times. Modes of life changed and these changes were accepted under the guise of interpreting the same old laws.

The contribution of the commentators is considerable; by dint of subtle arguments they had to reconcile the new custom with the ancient tradition. The sharpness of intellect and the ingenuity of the scholars are ,evident in the commentaries.

The Courts of Law accepted these commentaries as authoritative Law codes. The Mitakshara and the Dayabhaga reverted to the ancient texts while they drew their conclusions. Thus Hindu Law did not remain static during these centuries. The growth of Hindu Law was arrested during the British period.

The declaration of Queen Victoria made the Government not to interfere with the religious sentiment of the people and as religion and law were inseparable in Hindu culture, law could not function according to the new changes.

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Women In The Sacred Laws
About Prologue
How Dharma Came Into Existence Pg.1
How Dharma Came Into Existence Pg.2
How Dharma Came Into Existence Pg.3
How Dharma Came Into Existence Pg.4
The Meaning And Scope of Dharma Pg.1
The Meaning And Scope of Dharma Pg.2
The Period Covered By Law-Books Pg.1
The Buddhist Law Pg.1
The Buddhist Law Pg.2
Law and Religion in Hindu Culture Pg.1
You are Here! Law and Religion in Hindu Culture Pg.2
Law and Religion in Hindu Culture Pg.3

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