From Scholastic Paraphrase to Customary Law Code? Genres of Javanese Juristic Literature

From Scholastic Paraphrase to Customary Law Code? Genres of Javanese Juristic Literature

Le prochain séminaire de l’EFEO Paris a lieu le lundi 11 mars 2019, de 10h30 à 12h, Timothy Lubin (Washington and Lee University) intervient sur le thème « From Scholastic Paraphrase to Customary Law Code? Genres of Javanese Juristic Literature » à la Maison de l’Asie, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris.

In the latter half of the first millennium of the Common Era, Indonesian rulers and elites sought to appropriate and emulate India’s religious and cultural traditions. This involved the import and study of Sanskrit works on Dharma (religious law), and the composition of juristic works in Old Javanese. This presentation will distinguish two quite different Old Javanese juristic genres: (1) scholastic commentarial paraphrase, exemplified by the Svayambhu, on the eighth chapter of Manu’s Code of Law (Mānavadharmaśāstra), a Sanskrit classic; and (2) partly Sanskritised codification of what appears mainly to be Javanese customary law, e.g., the work commonly referred to as Kuṭāra-Mānava. The connections and differences between these genres will be discussed.

 

From Scholastic Paraphrase to Customary Law Code? Genres of Javanese Juristic Literature