Paul Marett


Books on Jainism are a bit elusive. This is a rather personal list of books in English which I have in my own collection. It is certainly not comprehensive and some of the books may be difficult to find even in big libraries. However it is hoped that it will be useful to the person who wants to pursue the study of Jainism further.

Bhargava, D. Jain Ethics. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1968.

Bhattacharya, B.C. Jaina Iconography. 2nd ed. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1974. (Detailed illustrated guide to Jain images.)

Bhattacharya, N.N. Jain Philosophy, Historical Outline. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal, 1976.

Bothra, P. Jain Theory of Perception. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1976.

Caillat, C., Jainism. Delhi: Macmillan Company of Upadhye, A.N., andIndia, 1974. (Three fairly short Patil, B. essays giving a very useful introduction.)

Chakravarti, A. Samayasara of Sri Kundakunda, Translation with Introduction. Delhi: Bharatiya Jnanapitha, 1971. (A valuable south Indian text.)

Chatterjee, A.K. Comprehensive History of Jainism (up to 1000 A.D.).Calcutta: Firma KLM, 1978. (A second volume, to 1600, has now appeared.)

Devendra Muni Shastri. Source-Book in Jaina Philosophy. Udaipur: Sri Tarak Guru Jain Granthalaya, 1983. (Detailed exposition translated from Hindi original published in 1973. )

Dwivedi, R.C., ed. Contribution of Jainism to Indian Culture. Varanasi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1975. (Collection of essays by various scholars.)

Fischer, E., & Jain, J. Art and Rituals, 2500 Years of Jainism in India. New Delhi: Sterling Publishers, 1977. (Good photographs of religious life with an introduction. Originally published in German in 1974 as the catalogue of an exhibition in Zurich. )

Gopalan, S. Outlines of Jainism. New Delhi: Wiley Eastern, 1973. (Jain philosophy, based on the author's lectures in Madras University. )

Jacobi, H. Jaina Sutras, Part 1, The Akaranga Sutra, The Kalpa Sutra, Part2, The Uttaradhyana Sutra,

The Sutrakritanga Sutra. 2 vols. New York:

Dover Publications, 1968. (Reprint of translations with introductions by a great nineteenth century scholar. Originally published in the Sacred Books of the East series, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1884,1895.)

Jain, C. R. Fundamentals of Jainism. Meerut: Veer Nirvan Bharti, 1974. (Useful book by a distinguished writer originally published 1916 as The Practical Path.)

Jain, H., and Upadhye, A.N Mahavira, his Times and his Philosophy of Life. New Delhi: Bharatiya Jnanpith, 1975. (Booklet of sixty pages containing two useful essays.)

Jain, K.C. Lord Mahavira and his Times. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1974. (Places Mahavira in the

social and cultural context of his times. )

Jain, J. P. Religion and Culture of the Jains. New Delhi: Bharatiya Jnanpith, 1975. (Good readable general account. )

Jain, J., and Fischer, E. Jaina Iconography, Part One, The Tirthankara in Jaina Scriptures, Art and Rituals, Part Two, Objects of Meditation and the Pantheon. 2 vols. Leiden: E.J.Brill, 1978. (Each volume, paperback but fairly expensive, contains nearly fifty excellent black-and-white plates with introduction. Well-produced and informative.)

Jaini, P.S. The Jaina Path of Purification. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1979. (The best general account for the English-speaking reader by a noted scholar of the University of California. Well-written and clear but not a book to be skipped through quickly.)

Kapashi, V.J. In Search of the Ultimate. Harrow: V.K. Publications, 1984. (Sixty pages of inspiring excerpts from Jain scriptures. )

Lalwani. K.C. Kalpa Sutra of Badrabahu Svami. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass. 1979. (Original text of this very popular sutra with translation and introduction. )

Lalwani, K.C. Sramana Bhagavan Mahavira, Life and Doctrine. (Useful account of principles of Jainism

Mookerjee, S. The Jain Philosophy of Non-absolutism, a Critical Study of Anekantavada. 2nd. ed. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1978.

Nevaskar B. Capitalists without Capitalism, the Jains of India and the Quakers of the West. Westport: Greenwood Publications, 1971. (Sociological study of two groups which have a lot in common.)

Pandey, V., ed. The World of Jainism. Bombay: pub. by the Author, 1976. (Varied essays by different scholars.)

Radhakrishnan. S. ndian Philosophy. 2nd.ed. 2 vols. London: Allen and Unwin, 1929,1931. (Classic work by a very great scholar, later President of India. A lengthy chapter in Vol, 1 deals with Jain philosophy.)

Rosenfield, C. Gurudev Shree Chitrabhanu, a Man with a Vision. New York: Jain Meditation Intemational Center, not dated (c.1981).

Roy, A.K. History of the Jains. New Delhi: Gitanjali Publishing House, 1984.

Sangave, V.S. Jaina Community, a Social Survey. 2nd. ed. Bombay: Popular Prakashan, 1980. (Very informative on Jain society, customs and religion.)

Schubring, W. The Doctrine of the Jains. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1962. (Translation of an important work of scholarship published in German in 1934. Valuable but very heavy going.)

Shah, U.P. 'Jainism', New Encyclopaedia Britannica, Chicago, 1974. (Recommended as the most, accesible short general account.

Sogani, K.C. Ethical Doctrines in Jainism. Sholapur: Jaina Samskriti Samrakshaka Sangha, 1967. (Valuable detailed work. )

Stevenson. S. The Heart of Jainism. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal, 1970. (First published by Oxford University Press in 1915, this was for long the main source of information for Western readers. Much useful detail, sympathetically presented, but written from a Christian missionary standpoint.)

Talib, G.S., ed. Jainism. Patiala: Punjabi University, 1975. (Six articles by different authors covering aspects of Jain religion.)

Tahtinen, U. Ahimsa, Non-violence in Indian Society. London: Rider, 1976. (Not confined to Jainism but has some fifty index references to Jains.)

Thomas, F.W. Sri Mallisenasuri, Syad-Vada-Manjari. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass 1968. (Reprint of an annotated translation, first published c. 1958, of a thirteenth-century cornmentary on a work of the famous scholar Hemachandra. Heavy going.)

Upadhye, A.N.,et Lord Mahavira and his Teachings. 2nd. ed. Bombay: Shree Vallabhsuri Smarak Nidhi, 1983. (Collection of essays with emphasis on Jainism's answer to modern questions.)

Warren, H. Jainism in Western Garb, as a Solution to Life's Great Problems. Edited, with notes, by N.J. Shah. 2nd. ed. Bombay: Shree Vallabhsuri Smarak Nidhi, 1983. (This is the latest edition, with additional notes, of Warren's well-known outline of Jain thought first published in 1912 and frequently reprinted.)

Williams. R. Jaina Yoga. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1983. (Reprint of a scholarly work first published by Oxford University Press in 1963. The title is a little misleading: the book is a survey of medieval writings on the duties of the lay person. Valuable but not light reading.)