[INDOLOGY] New book: Narrating Karma and Rebirth

Naomi Appleton naomi.appleton at ed.ac.uk
Mon Mar 17 14:08:26 UTC 2014

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the publication of my new monograph, published last month in the UK and next month in America:

Narrating Karma and Rebirth: Buddhist and Jain Multi-life Stories
Naomi Appleton, Cambridge University Press, 2014.

If you purchase it from this webpage then you can get 20% off the list price:

Publisher's blurb:
Buddhism and Jainism share the concepts of karma, rebirth, and the desirability of escaping from rebirth. The literature of both traditions contains many stories about past, and sometimes future, lives which reveal much about these foundational doctrines. Naomi Appleton carefully explores how multi-life stories served to construct, communicate, and challenge ideas about karma and rebirth within early South Asia, examining portrayals of the different realms of rebirth, the potential paths and goals of human beings, and the biographies of ideal religious figures. Appleton also deftly surveys the ability of karma to bind individuals together over multiple lives, and the nature of the supernormal memory that makes multi-life stories available in the first place. This original study not only sheds light on the individual preoccupations of Buddhist and Jain tradition, but contributes to a more complete history of religious thought in South Asia, and brings to the foreground long-neglected narrative sources. 

With best wishes,
Dr Naomi Appleton
Chancellor's Fellow in Religious Studies
School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh
naomi.appleton at ed.ac.uk


The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
Scotland, with registration number SC005336.
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