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Special Issue "Jainism Studies"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 March 2019).
Interests: Jaina Studies; Anthropology of South Asia; Animal Studies; Death, Dying, Grief; Contemplative Studies; Religion and healing; Psychedelics and mystical experience; Phenomenology
I am writing to invite your participation in a special issue of Religions, entitled “New Directions in Jaina Studies”. Religions (ISSN 2077-1444) is an open-access online journal devoted to the scientific study of religion. Published by MDPI, its website is found at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions/
Until quite recently, the academic study of Jainism (outside of India) was largely a solitary pursuit, undertaken by just a handful of scholars, and mainly focused on the translation of texts. Much has changed. Over the past twenty years, academic interest in the Jaina tradition has grown exponentially and has paralleled, in interesting ways, renewed efforts by Jains themselves to have their tradition recognized as a distinct and ancient expression of South Asian religiosity. Jainism’s influence on India’s long history is now better recognized and more avidly studied. The growing ecological crisis too, has likely contributed to the upsurge of interest in Jainism, as environmentalists and animal activists have found in its teachings a message of sanity for a world tinkering on madness. In 2009, the Jainism Studies Unit was established by the America Academy of Religion in recognition of the growth of the academic study of Jainism. Today Jainism is treated as an indispensable hermeneutic within South Asian Studies, disclosing new ways of seeing and being—often strikingly so. This volume is dedicated to examining some of these new ways. This volume on “new directions” in Jain Studies will contain some of best and most exciting contributions of emerging Jain scholars, and provide a glimpse of the breadth and scope of the emerging field.
Prof. Dr. Anne Vallely
Manuscript Submission Information
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