"Business law in medieval and early modern India developed within the
voluminous and multifaceted texts called the Dharmashastras. These texts laid
down rules for merchants, traders, guilds, farmers, and individuals in terms of
the complex religious, legal, and moral ideal of dharma.
This exciting book provides a new perspective on commercial law in this period.
In addition to a description of the substantive rules for business, the book
reinterprets the role of business and commerce within the law generally and
demonstrates that modern assumptions about good business practice could
benefit from the insights of this ancient tradition. It thus makes a compelling
case for the relevance of the dharma of business to our own time."