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Sky Blue Stone

Author: Arash Khazeni

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520958357

Category: History

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This book traces the journeys of a stone across the world. From its remote point of origin in the city of Nishapur in eastern Iran, turquoise was traded through India, Central Asia, and the Near East, becoming an object of imperial exchange between the Safavid, Mughal, and Ottoman empires. Along this trail unfolds the story of turquoise--a phosphate of aluminum and copper formed in rocks below the surface of the earth--and its discovery and export as a global commodity. In the material culture and imperial regalia of early modern Islamic tributary empires moving from the steppe to the sown, turquoise was a sacred stone and a potent symbol of power projected in vivid color displays. From the empires of Islamic Eurasia, the turquoise trade reached Europe, where the stone was collected as an exotic object from the East. The Eurasian trade lasted into the nineteenth century, when the oldest mines in Iran collapsed and lost Aztec mines in the Americas reopened, unearthing more accessible sources of the stone to rival the Persian blue. Sky Blue Stone recounts the origins, trade, and circulation of a natural object in the context of the history of Islamic Eurasia and global encounters between empire and nature.
Sky of Stone
Language: en
Pages: 432
Authors: Homer Hickam
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002-10-29 - Publisher: Dell

Homer Hickam won the praise of critics and the devotion of readers with his first two memoirs set in the hardscrabble mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia. The New York Times crowned his first book, the #1 national bestseller October Sky, β€œan eloquent evocation ... a thoroughly charming memoir.” And
Zoroastrians
Language: en
Pages: 252
Authors: Mary Boyce
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2001 - Publisher: Psychology Press

Zoroastrianism is of enormous importance in the history of religions. It became the state religion of the three great Iranian empires and influenced other world faiths: northern Buddhism and Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Of Stone and Sky
Language: en
Pages: 416
Authors: Merryn Glover
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-05-06 - Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

After Highland shepherd Colvin Munro disappears, a mysterious trail of his possessions is found in the Cairngorm mountains. Writing the eulogy for his memorial years later, his foundling-sister Mo seeks to discover why he vanished. Younger brother Sorley is also haunted by his absence and driven to reveal the forces
Mythical Stone
Language: en
Pages: 308
Authors: Peter J. Metevelis
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002-06-01 - Publisher: iUniverse

Unlike most cultures, the Japanese culture has preserved its native myths as a connected system, and as a system Japanese myths have much to say about the human condition in the cosmos. The series, Mythological Essays by Prof. Metevelis explores what this myth system seeks to tell us. Volume One,
Japanese Mythology and the Primeval World
Language: en
Pages: 616
Authors: Peter Metevelis
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-05 - Publisher: iUniverse

The Japanese have faithfully preserved their ancient myths as a connected and well ordered system. And as a system, Japanese myths say much about the human condition in the cosmos and about the human place in the cosmic order. Not until now has a book-length, English-language study been released on