The present book is one of the best and stimulating books ever written by
scholars on Jainism. A glance at its contents will reveal the fact that
Glasenapp has covered almost all the salient features of Jainism. The book is
divided into seven sections, each of which is again subdivided into several
parts. A complete, clean and objective picture of the origin and growth of
Jainism is succinctly delineated in a historical way. The doctrines of Jainism
are described in comparison with other systems of knowledge. Special attention
is given to sections V and VI where the position of the Jains is penned in
relation to society and Indian culture. In one word, its unique doctrines,
dogmas and rites deserve the special attention of the researchers on religion.
No part of Indian history and culture can be complete without some
references to Jainistic outlook and contributions. Glasenapp's Jainism will act as a demonstration of the truth of this assertion. He has dealt with all aspects of Jainism in a lucid way.
This work was first published in 1925 as a dedication on the occasion of the 75th birthday of Hermann Jacobi is one of the most comprehensive works on Jainism and excellent and objective depiction of the Indian religion of salvation, as he calls it in his sub-title. In fact, the book could serve as an authentic textbook on the Jaina religion. The book is devided in seven sections.
About the Author:
Otto Max Hemuth Von Glasenapp taught Indology in Bonn,
Berlin and Tubingen till 1959. He was a versatile and prolific writer and is one
of the few scholars on Indology who visited India. His greatest contribution to
Indology is his profound work on the three religions of India, Hinduism, Jainism
and Buddhism. He died in 1963.