Research Programs: Fellowships for University Teachers

Period of Performance

8/1/2007 - 5/31/2008

Funding Totals

$40,000.00 (approved)
$40,000.00 (awarded)

The Spirit of Hindu Law

FAIN: FA-52865-07

Donald Richard Davis, Jr
University of Wisconsin System (Madison, WI 53715-1218)

A project to produce a book entitled The Spirit of Hindu Law that will provide both a conceptual and interpretive survey of the Hindu law tradition and make that tradition accessible to a broader range of scholars by asking larger humanistic questions of the theological and jurisprudential texts at the center of the tradition.

Media Coverage

The Spirit and the Flesh of Hindu Law (Review)
Author(s): Timothy Lubin
Publication: Journal of the American Oriental Society
Date: 9/1/2010

Hindu Law and Jurisprudence (Review)
Author(s): N.R. Madhava Menon
Publication: The Hindu
Date: 5/31/2011

Review of The Spirit of Hindu Law (Review)
Author(s): David Brick
Publication: Journal of Hindu Studies
Date: 9/2/2010

Review of The Spirit of Hindu Law (Review)
Author(s): Ryan Overbey
Publication: Numen
Date: 1/1/2011

Associated Products

The Spirit of Hindu Law (Book)
Title: The Spirit of Hindu Law
Author: Donald R. Davis, Jr.
Abstract: Law is too often perceived solely as state-based rules and institutions that provide a rational alternative to religious rites and ancestral customs. The Spirit of Hindu Law uses the Hindu legal tradition as a heuristic tool to question this view and reveal the close linkage between law and religion. Emphasizing the household, the family, and everyday relationships as additional social locations of law, it contends that law itself can be understood as a theology of ordinary life. An introduction to traditional Hindu law and jurisprudence, this book is structured around key legal concepts such as the sources of law and authority, the laws of persons and things, procedure, punishment and legal practice. It combines investigation of key themes from Sanskrit legal texts with discussion of Hindu theology and ethics, as well as thorough examination of broader comparative issues in law and religion.
Year: 2010
Primary URL:
Publisher: Cambridge
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 0521877040