Dharmashatra is a genre of Sanskrit texts which refers to the shastra or Indic branch of learning, pertaining to Hindu dharma, religious, moral and legal duties.
Dharmashastra texts are part of the Smriti tradition, the secular heritage as distinct from the revealed texts of Hinduism. Smriti texts deal with the practical application of eternal principles according to changing times and varying social requirements.
These Shastras are the works of sages laying down rules of conduct, law and order, social laws, relationships in families and the numerous sanskaras rather than abstract ideas. The most important among these is the Code of Manu, known as Manu Smriti.
The research works are focused on different areas of Dharmashastra viz. Gautama Dharmashastra, Manusmriti, Parasara Smriti, Devala Smriti, Bharadwaj Smriti, Arthashastra etc.