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Appropriation and Invention of Tradition: The East India Company and Hindu Law in Early Colonial Bengal

Nandini Bhattacharya-Panda

Abstract

The beginning of Anglo–Hindu jurisprudence was occasioned by decisive developments in the cultural, intellectual, and legal history of India. This book deals with the appropriation of the Dharmaśāstras — a powerful written tradition — and its codification, in the construction of Hindu law. It explores the significant connections between this process of formalization and the consolidation of the empire in Bengal. It analyses the shifting administrative and political needs of the colonial regime as well as the perceptions and attitudes of the officials in this process of codification. Through a ... More

Keywords: Dharmaśāstras, Hindu law, legal history, colonial India, codification of Hindu law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195690484
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195690484.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nandini Bhattacharya-Panda, author