Selected Links

Jainism Bibliography and Selected Links (2013)

(Jainism, On Common Ground)


Agarwal, Priya. Passage From India: Post 1965 Indian Immigrants and Their Children (Palos Verdes, CA: Yuvati Publications), 1991.

Babb, Lawrence A., The Great Choice: Worldly Values in a Jain Ritual Culture, History of Religions, Vol. 34, No. 1 1994-08 pp. 15-38. 

Bhatt, Ami and Sahil Parikh. "Hindu and Jain Youth in America." Pluralism Project Research, 1993.

Bose, Suhindra. "Indians Barred from American Citizenship,"  Modern Review (Calcutta). 33 (June 1923), 691-5.

Chapple, Christopher Key, ed. Jainism and Ecology: Nonviolence in the Web of Life (Cambridge: Harvard University Press), 2002. 

Cort, John E. “Models of and for the Study of the Jains.” Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 2, 1990. 

Dundas, Paul. The Jains (New York: Routledge), 1992. 

Eck, Diana L. Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India, 3rd edition (New York: Columbia University Press), 1998.

Eck, Diana L. India: A Sacred Geography (New York: Random House), 2012.

Fischer, Eberhard and Jyotindra Jain. Art and Rituals: 2500 years of Jainism in India (New Delhi: Sterling), 1977. 

Fenton, John Y. Transplanting Religious Traditions: Asian Indians in America (New York: Praeger), 1988.

Jain Center of Greater Boston, Lessons for Jain Pathshala. Study Series. 

Jain Digest. Cypress, California: Federation of Jain Associations in North America.

Jain, Duli Chandra. Studies in Jainism, Reader 1 (Flushing, NY: Jain Study Circle), 1990. 

Jain, Neelu. From Religion to Ethnicity: The Identity of Immigrant and Second Generation Indian Jains in the United States; National Identities (Nov 2004, Vol. 6 Issue 3), p. 277.

Jain, Pankaj. “The Dharmic Method to Save the Planet.” Huffington Post. 12 May 2011. 

Jain, Pankaj. “Jainism and Environmental Ethics.” Union Seminary Quarterly Review. 2011.

Jain, Prem Suman. Essentials of Jainism. Boston: Jain Center of Greater Boston, 1984.

Jaini, Padmanabh S. The Jaina Path of Purification (Berkeley: University of California Press). 1979.

Jensen, Joan M. Passage from India: Asian Indians in North America (New Haven: Yale University Press), 1988.

Joshi, Khyati Y. New Roots in America’s Sacred Ground: Religion, Race, and Ethnicity in Indian America (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press), 2006

Kumar, Bhuvanendra. Jainism in America. Benaras: Jain Humanities Press, 1996. 

Muthanna, I. M. People of India in North America: United States, Canada, W. Indies and Fiji. Enlarged Edition (Bangalore: Lotus Printers), 1982.

Saran, Parmatma, and Edwin Eames (eds.). The New Ethnics:  Asian Indians in the United States. Foreword by Nathan Glazer (New York: Praeger Publishers), 1980.

Saran, Parmatma. The Asian Indian Experience in the United States (Cambridge, MA: Schenkman Publishing Co., Inc.), 1985.

Seeling, Holly. “The Jain Tradition in America: Centers, Organizations, and Temples.” Pluralism Project Research, 1991. 

Seeling, Holly. “Authority and Transmission in the ‘American’ Jain Tradition.” Pluralism Project Research, 1991.

Shah, Vikram V., ed. Jain Heritage—Then, Now, and Forever: Pratishtha Mahotsav Souvenir (Bartlett, IL: Jain Society of Metropolitan Chicago), 1993. 

Williams, Raymond. Religions of Immigrants from India and Pakistan: New Threads in the American Tapestry (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 1988.

Tobias, Michael. Life Force: The World of Jainism (Berkeley: Asian Humanities Press), 1991. 

Tucker, Emily M. "The Question of the Second Generation: Indian Americans in Search of an Identity and a Tradition." Pluralism Project Research, 1993


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Jainism Resource Center

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Additional Resources

Federation of Jain Associations in North America (JAINA)
Umbrella organization of over fifty-five Jain centers across North America; publications include the quarterly print magazine, Jain Digest, and the monthly online newsletter, JAINA Spectrum.

International Mahavira Jain Mission and Siddhachalam
Located in Blairstown, New Jersey, Siddhachalam is the only Jain pilgrimage site outside of India.

Jain Center of New Jersey
This community describes itself as “a citadel of Jainism in the United States.”  

Jain Center of Northern California
Founded in 1973, this community opened the Jain Bhawan in 2000; all of the Jain traditions are united in this landmark temple in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley.  

Jain Center of Southern California
Established in 1979 in Buena Park, California; the center’s web site includes streaming audio and video files.

Jain Meditation International Center
New York-based organization established by Gurudev Shree Chitrabhanu.  

Jain Study Circle
Publishers of The Jain Study Circular, a quarterly magazine on Jainism; the site is also a resource for books and other educational materials.

Jainism: Jain Principles, Tradition and Practices
Extensive resource for sacred texts, pilgrimage places, history, philosophy and news; offers hundreds of links to other web sites related to Jainism.
Online resource for educational articles and other reference materials.

Billed as the “Jainism Global Resource Center”; the site provides extensive educational resources.

An online encyclopedia of the Jains; all content is written collaboratively.

Young Jain Professionals
A networking organization that endeavors to “increase the awareness and understanding of Jain principles and heritage.”

Young Jains of America
An umbrella organization created in the hopes of "establishing a network to share Jain heritage and religion through youth;” publishes YoungMinds.