The A to Z of Jainism Kristi L. WileyThe A to Z of Jainism : Kristi L. Wiley : Vision Books : Book (ISBN: 8170946816) Pages: 336 Price: Rs. 550 Format: HC
ISBN13/10: / 8170946816 Availability: Yes Published in 2007
The A-to-Z of Jainism is a unique quick-reference book about a
religion with an unbroken history of more than 2,500 years, and one which has
influenced India's culture throughout this period.
At the core of Jainism's teachings is non-violence (ahimsa), which Mahatma
Gandhi brought to world consciousness by adopting it as the guiding principle in
the campaign he led for India's freedom. In Jainism, non-violence extends
equally to man's relationship with all natural life, a sensitivity being
articulated anew in contemporary times by a concern for the environment and
animal rights, etc.
This book covers all important touchstones of Jainism in more than 450 crisp,
alphabetical entries spanning:
The basic teachings of Jainism;
The life of Mahavira, the founder of the
The main sectarian traditions of Jainism, and
mendicant and lay practices;
Important Jain scriptures;
Influential Jain leaders and scholars;
Sacred and historic Jain sites;
Jain prayers and pilgrimages, beliefs, rituals
A detailed Introduction provides a holistic overview of Jainism; and a
chronology highlights important Jain milestones. An extensive, subject-wise
bibliography guides interested readers to in-depth resources on various topics.
"Concise and informative encyclopedia of Jain concepts, texts, places, and people" Journal of Asian Studies, USA
"Valuable reference work on Jainism . . . concise but extremely informative" Reference Reviews, USA
Kristi L. Wiley
KRISTI L. WILEY (B.S., Santa Clara University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley) is a visiting lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley. She teaches courses on Indian religions and religion and ecology. Her area of specialization in Jainism is karma theory. She has published articles in Approaches to Jaina Studies (ed. N. K. Wagle and Olle Qvarnstrom), Doctrines and Dialogues (ed. Peter Flugel), Essays in Jaina Philosophy and Religion (ed. Piotr Balcerowicz), Jainism and Early Buddhism (ed. Olle Qvarnstrom), Jainism and Ecology (ed. Christopher Key Chapple), and Philosophy East and West. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the American Oriental Society.