New Book | The Mercantile Effect

Posted in books by internjmb on October 5, 2017

Distributed by The University of Chicago Press:

Sussan Babaie and Melanie Gibson, eds., The Mercantile Effect: Art and Exchange in the Islamicate World during the 17th and 18th Centuries (London: Ginko Library, 2017), 160 pages, ISBN: 978 190994 2103, $60.

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

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.

Sussan Babaie is the Andrew W. Mellon Reader in the Arts of Iran and Islam at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Melanie Gibson is the senior editor of the Gingko Library Arts Series.

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