Contents: Introduction/Tara Sethia. I. Ahimsa in Jainism and its significance today: 1. Views on Ahimsa, compassion and Samyaktva in Jainism/Kristi Wiley. 2. The Jaina response to terrorism/Kim Skoog. 3. Ahimsa and "Just War" in Jainism/Padmanabh S. Jaini. 4. Nonviolence for all/Satish Kumar. II. Anekantavada in Jainism and contemporary context:1. Mahavira, Anekantavada, and the world today/Samani Charitrapragya. 2. Why is Anekantavada important?/John M. Koller. 3. Anekanta, Ahimsa and the question of pluralism/Anne Vallely. 4. Anekanta in present day social life/Kamla Jain. 5. Beyond Anekantavada: a Jain approach to religious tolerance/Paul Dundas. 6. Religious dissonance and reconciliation: the Haribhadra story/Christopher Key Chapple. III. Jainism in history textbooks and in art and epigraphy: 1. Jainism and Mahavira in Indian history textbooks/Tara Sethia. 2. Exemplars of Anekanta and Ahimsa: the case of the early Jains of Mathura in art and epigraphy/Sonya Quintanilla. Glossary. Bibliography. Appendix. Index.
"Ahimsa and Anekanta by examining their meaning and historical significance, and demonstrate their relevance and role in addressing contemporary issues of intolerance, conflict, violence and war. Contributors to this book bring perspectives from the disciplines of philosophy, religious studies, history and art history.
These essays contain piercing and prescriptive approaches to grappling, according to Jain tradition, with current geopolitics, particularly in the wake of terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. . . In addressing a host of tantalizing Jain clues to human salvation and the global amelioration of suffering, the contributors to this impressive volume have unearthed a continual appeal that has worked for the Jains for millennia and could work for others." (jacket)