Buddhist Law

Roshan de Silva-Wijeyeratne (Lead / Corresponding author)

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The absence of written Buddhist law in South Asia, including Buddhist Sri Lanka, makes it virtually impossible to reconstruct its legal history. A patchwork of residual sources distinguishes Indic Sri Lanka from Hindu-Buddhist Southeast Asia, where many Theravada Buddhist legal texts have recently come to light. This entry provides a general account of early Buddhist law and then focuses on Sri Lanka and Tibet as principal Buddhist jurisdictions in South Asia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford International Encyclopaedia of Legal History
EditorsStanley N. Katz
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780195336511
ISBN (Print)9780195134056
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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