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Colour of paradise : the emerald in the age of gunpowder empires

Author: Kris E Lane
Publisher: New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, ©2010.
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For the Mughals, Ottomans, and Safavids green was, as it remains for all Muslims, the color of Paradise, reserved for the Prophet Muhammad and his descendants. Tapping a wide range of sources, Kris Lane traces the complex web of global trading networks that funneled emeralds from backland South America to populous Asian capitals between the sixteenth and the eighteenth centuries. Lane reveals the bloody conquest  Read more...
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Lane, Kris E., 1967-
Colour of paradise.
New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, ©2010
(DLC) 2009026512
(OCoLC)426147166
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kris E Lane
ISBN: 9780300164701 030016470X
OCLC Number: 808346482
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 280 pages, [16] pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
Contents: Sacred origins --
Conquistadors --
Emerald city --
Empires and inquisitors --
Globetrotters --
Emeralds of the shahs --
Tax dodgers and smugglers --
Twilight of imperial emeralds --
Postscript: from British adventurers to today's Esmeralderos.
Other Titles: Color of paradise
Responsibility: Kris Lane.

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Among the magnificent gems and jewels left behind by the great Islamic empires, emeralds stand out for their size and prominence. This title presents the story of trade and also of transformations -  Read more...

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