I was walking home from school the other day and was seized by a compulsion to duck into the local coffee shop/wine bar/book store. As if pulled by a magnet, I beelined to the used section in the back (my favorite place, of course) and quickly came upon a beautifully illustrated book of Buddhist prayers and practices that I’d seen before but never purchased.
(This is the last part in a five-part series on how lawyers and the modern legal system emerged: for the other parts, see the “0L: The Evolution of Law” tag.)
While the Civil and Common Law systems were emerging in the West following the collapse of Rome, several other systems of law were emerging in the East. The 600s CE saw the rise of Sharia law (a legal system and jurisprudence based around the values of Islam) in the Middle East, as well as the Tang Code of China that merged the Legalist and Confucian schools of thought. These systems joined the older system of Hindu law (based on the texts of the Dharamasastra), which had emerged far earlier and was still being practiced in India.