Download e-book for kindle: Colour of Paradise: Emeralds in the Age of the Gunpowder by Kris Lane

By Kris Lane

one of the outstanding gem stones and jewels left in the back of by way of the good Islamic empires, emeralds stand out for his or her measurement and prominence. For the Mughals, Ottomans, and Safavids eco-friendly was—as it is still for all Muslims—the colour of Paradise, reserved for the Prophet Muhammad and his descendants. Tapping a variety of resources, Kris Lane strains the advanced internet of worldwide buying and selling networks that funneled emeralds from backland South the United States to populous Asian capitals among the 16th and the eighteenth centuries. Lane finds the bloody conquest wars and compelled hard work regimes that followed their creation. it's a tale of exchange, but in addition of transformations—how individuals of profoundly diversified societies at contrary ends of the globe assigned price to some thousand kilos of imperfectly glossy eco-friendly rocks.

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