The Purva Mimamsa Sutras written by Jaimini is one of the most important Indian philosophical texts and forms the basis of Mimamsa school of thought.

Now, how many commentaries are there of these Sutras? I'm only aware of the Sabara Bhashya. Are any of these commentaries translated in English and available free online?

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Apart from Shabara, Prabhakara and Kumarila wrote commentaries on Purva-Mimamsa sutras.

  1. Prabhakara school of Purva-Mimamsa translated by Ganganatha Jha.

  2. Purva-Mimamsa in its sources by Gangantha Jha. It presented 3 commentaries side by side.

  3. A HINDU CRITIQUE OF BUDDHIST EPISTEMOLOGY Kumarila on perception The “Determination of Perception” chapter of Kumarila Bhatta’s Slokavarttika Translation and commentary John Taber. I don't know much about this book. It might be useful, I am not sure.

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    Those (1-3) are books about the Purva Mimamsa school. They are not actual commentaries on the Purva Mimamsa Sutras, though they contain some quotes from commentaries. Commented Jan 30, 2018 at 13:43
  • Yes, you are right. There are topic-based discussions, like - the idea of the soul according to Prabhakara, Shabara and Kumarila. Commented Jan 30, 2018 at 17:40

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