The Mercantile Effect

On Art and Exchange in the Islamicate World During the 17th and 18th Centuries

Edited by Sussan Babaie and Melanie Gibson

The Mercantile Effect

Edited by Sussan Babaie and Melanie Gibson

Distributed for The Gingko Library

With Contributions by Anna Ballian, Nicole Kancal Ferrari, Frederica Gigante, Francesco Gusella, Negar Habibi, Sinem Erdoğan Işkorkutan, Gul Kale, Dipti Khera, William Kynan-Wilson, Suet May Lam, Amy Landau, George Manginis, Zaheen Maqbool, Christos Merantzas, Alexandra Roy, and Nancy Um
160 pages | 170 color plates | 9 1/2 x 10
Cloth $59.95 ISBN: 9781909942103 Will Publish January 2018 Not for sale in the UK or Ireland
This lavishly illustrated book collects papers delivered at the third Gingko conference: “The Mercantile Effect: On Art and Exchange in the Islamicate World During 17th ̶18th Centuries.” Held in Berlin, this meeting brought together a group of established and early-career scholars to discuss how the movement of Armenian, Indian, Chinese, Persian, Turkish, and European merchants and their trade goods spread new ideas and new technologies across Western Asia in the early modern era. Through the newly-established Dutch, English, and French East India companies, as well as much older mercantile networks, prestigious exotic commodities—silk, ivory, books, glazed porcelains—were transported east and west. The collected essays in this volume introduce a fascinating array of not only trade objects but also customs and traditions that bring this period of intense cultural interplay to life.
 
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