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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

The systems of law that followed the great ritualistic period of the Brahmanas were known as Dharma sutras. The scope of these books is much wider than that of the Grihyasutras, which treat of the rituals of domestic life.

Though the Dharma sutras do not omit to mention the rituals of domestic life, they deal specially with the rules of conduct, law and custom. The secular side of law is not dealt here prominently, though some important problems are referred to here and there.

The metrical Smriti followed the Sutra period ; of these the codes of Manu and Yajnavalkya have gained precedence over all others.

Several other Smriti were composed after them, namely, Vishnu, Narada, Parasara and others, but they covered the same ground as Mann or Yajnavalkya.

These were followed by the age of commentaries, the authors of which tried to explain and expand the scope of the laws to the needs of the time. It was these commentaries that were taken as the ultimate, source of law in the pre-British period. Of these Medhatithi commentary on Manu and Vijnanesvara commentary on Yajnavalkya are the most important’.

Commentaries were followed by Digests on Hindu Law. Of these, Dayabhaga, Dattakamimamsa and Mitakshara have directed the lives of Hindu men and women.

Dayabhaga was Predominant in Bengal and Mitakshara was in vogue in different parts of the country. The latter is divided into four schools the Banaras, the Mithila, the Maharashtra and the Dravida.

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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
You are Here! 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
Law and Religion in Hindu Culture Pg.2
Law and Religion in Hindu Culture Pg.3

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