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Pioneer of Jaina Studies at SOAS: Robert Hamilton Blair Williams (1915-1975)

Flügel, Peter (2014) 'Pioneer of Jaina Studies at SOAS: Robert Hamilton Blair Williams (1915-1975).' Jaina Studies - Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter, 9. pp. 22-26.

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Abstract

Hardly anything is known about the life of one of the pioneers of Jaina Studies in the 20th century: Dr Robert Hamilton Blair Williams, born 21.8.1915 in Buckland, East Tilbury, Essex, deceased at an unknown location in 1975. His second book Jaina Yoga: A Survey of the Medieval Śrāvakācāras became highly influential, particularly after the advent of field studies of the religious culture of Jaina laity in the 1980s, and is now widely used in research and teaching. Some of the few biographical traces that are preserved in the archives of SOAS and the British Library are presented in the following through his own and the voices of his contemporaries.

Item Type: Articles
Keywords: Robert H. B. Williams (1915-1975), Jaina Studies, SOAS, India Office Library, Maṇipaticarita, Jaina Yoga
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of the Study of Religions
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of the Study of Religions > Centre of Jaina Studies
Copyright Statement: With permission of the editors
Depositing User: Peter Flugel
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2014 11:48
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/18285

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