Hindu Law

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The system of native law prevailing among the Gentoos, and administered by the government of British India. In all the arrangements for the administration of justice in India, made by the British government and the East India Company, the principle of reserying to the native inhabitants the continuance of their own laws and usages within certain limits has been uniformly recognized. The laws of the Hindus and Mohammedans have thus been brought into notice in’ England, and are occasionally referred to by writers on English and American law. The native works upon these subjects are very numerous. The chief English republications of the Hindu law are, Colebrooke’s Digest of Hindu Law, London, 1801; Sir Wm. Jones Institutes of Hindu Law, London, 1797. For a fuller account of the Hindu law, and of the original Digests and Commentaries, see Morley’s Law of India, London, 1858, and Macnaghten’s Principles of Hindu and Mohammedan Law, London, 1860. The principal English republications of the Mohammedan law are Hamilton’s Hedaya, London, 1791; Baillie’s Digest, Calcutta, 1805; Precis de Jurisprudence Mussulmane Selon le Rite Malikite, Paris, 1848; and the treatises on succession and inheritance translated by Sir William Jones. An approved outline of both systems is Macnaghten’s Principles of Hindu and Mohammedan Law; also contained in the “Principles and Precedents” of the same law previously published by the same author.


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