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An Early Attestation of the Toponym Ḍhillī

Richard J. Cohen
Journal of the American Oriental Society
Vol. 109, No. 4 (Oct. - Dec., 1989), pp. 513-519
DOI: 10.2307/604073
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/604073
Page Count: 7
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Abstract

It is Ernest Bender who introduced me to Jaina Studies. Of the many things he taught me, most useful is his insistence that the various competing traditions that compose Indian history be treated equally. It is this approach which led me to Apabhramśa literature, and to the realization that it might contribute to our understanding in a number of areas, viz., linguistic change, literary rhetoric, story motifs, and, somewhat surprisingly, historical documentation. It should be clear from what follows that investigations into the vast untapped corpus of Jaina secular literature-written in Apabhraṃśa between the ninth and fourteenth centuries-will reward the efforts of those who subscribe to the notion that India's so-called little, heterodox, or folk traditions help us to understand more fully India's complex cultural nexus.

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