Colette Caillat (1921-2007), the author of Atonements in the Ancient Ritual of Jain Monks (Ahmedabad, 1975) and of The Jain Cosmology (new edition, Delhi, 2004), was a member of the Academie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres of the Institut de France and had been working on Middle-Indian Philology.
Interest for Jain studies has increased considerably in the last decades. Scholars will be thankful to the organizers of the 12th World Sanskrit Conference who, for the first time in such a conference, planned a special panel on this field. The ten papers collected in this volume show the importance, abundance and variety of topics that can be considered. Philological analysis still proves useful, whether it concentrates on one particular work or on clusters of texts. A study of the "strategy of narrative" and predication needs a historical approach, kavya literature lends itself to renewed and indepth interpretations. Finally the reader will observe the constant renewal of Jainism, as some new "literary genre" or a new sect are seen to have gained momentum in modern times. Review(s) About the Author(s)