ABSTRACT

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Gujarat occupied an important place in the economic life of our country. The Jains were then possibly the leading indigenous trading community, closely followed by Hindu Banias and Muslim Bohras. However, little effort has been made to trace their social life, their customs and their relationships with other communities during this period. This study deserves our close attention for, in the later centuries, these communities, specially the Jains, emerged as an important segment of the Indian bourgeoisie.