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3 3 Antecedents and Concepts of Traditional Hindu Law

Menski Werner

in Hindu Law

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780195699210
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080298 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195699210.003.0003
3 3 Antecedents and Concepts of Traditional Hindu Law

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This chapter discusses the premise of dharma as a self-controlled ordering system. It is explored in a historical, diachronic setting that starts from the Vedic origins of Hindu law. The chapter shows that supposedly higher levels of organization, including the Hindu ruler as a final appellate authority, had to respect such self-controlled ordering processes. This meant that no purely secular rule system could develop. It also discusses the deconstruction of hegemonic modernist conceptions of Hindu law.

Keywords: dharma; ordering system; Vedic origins; Hindu law; Hindu ruler; final appellate authority; ordering processes; secular rule system; hegemonic modernist conceptions

Chapter.  31120 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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