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Colour of Paradise: Emeralds in the Age of the Gunpowder Empires

Kris Lane


Among the magnificent gems and jewels left behind by the great Islamic empires, emeralds stand out for their size and prominence. 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, this book traces the complex web of global trading networks that funneled emeralds from backland South America to populous Asian capitals between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. This book reveals the bloody conquest wars and forced labor regimes that accompanied their pr ... More

Keywords: emeralds, green, Muslims, Paradise, Prophet Muhammad, trade, Mughals, Ottomans, Safavids

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780300161311
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300161311.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kris Lane, author