Author: Robert Lingat
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195645359
This work is one of the few books deserving the epithet 'seminal' and is, in many ways, Robert Lingat's masterwork.
Written in French and first published in 1967, it quickly established itself as the single most authoritative text on the concept of dharma in Indian legal history. With his in-depth knowledge of many ancient Indian languages and scripts, Lingat's elegant analysis of the dharma-sastras remains unsurpassed to this day.
Available for the first time in paperback, and translated into English by renowned legal scholar J D M Derret, this book will be an essential addition to every student and researcher's library in the field of Indian legal history, and comparative history of law.
The best book ever written on this tantalizing and difficult subject. No one who masters it can fail to tread securely in the maze of Indian legal history . . And students of the comparative history of law will realize that they are handling here not merely a system of great age, but also one which is an important component of the modern world.