Biblical and Theological Studies Faculty Works
India's Jains in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Jains are an ancient religious tradition of South Asia surviving and even thriving through the 19th and 20th centuries. Though a minority in modern times they have played an outsize influence on India’s cultural and religious heritage. Mohandas Gandhi was influenced by Jains through their doctrine of ahimsa and made it a key to his successful leadership for political independence. This chapter tracks the fortunes of three different Jain denominations as they negotiate changes to society brought on by modern pressures of secular India.
Biblical and Theological Studies
Religion in Modern India, 4th rev. ed.
Lewis, Jim, "India's Jains in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" (2001). Biblical and Theological Studies Faculty Works. 56.
Chapter 13 was added in the Fourth Revised edition of Baird, R. D. (2001). Religion in modern India (4th rev. ed.). Manohar Publishers & Distributors.