The Anthropology Of Turquoise

Author : Ellen Meloy
ISBN : 9780307481535
Genre : Nature
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In this invigorating mix of natural history and adventure, artist-naturalist Ellen Meloy uses turquoise—the color and the gem—to probe deeper into our profound human attachment to landscape. From the Sierra Nevada, the Mojave Desert, the Yucatan Peninsula, and the Bahamas to her home ground on the high plateaus and deep canyons of the Southwest, we journey with Meloy through vistas of both great beauty and great desecration. Her keen vision makes us look anew at ancestral mountains, turquoise seas, and even motel swimming pools. She introduces us to Navajo “velvet grandmothers” whose attire and aesthetics absorb the vivid palette of their homeland, as well as to Persians who consider turquoise the life-saving equivalent of a bullet-proof vest. Throughout, Meloy invites us to appreciate along with her the endless surprises in all of life and celebrates the seduction to be found in our visual surroundings.
Category: Nature

Paradoxes Of Green

Author : Gareth Doherty
ISBN : 9780520285019
Genre : Architecture
File Size : 21.83 MB
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"This highly innovative book is a multidisciplinary study of green and its significance from multiple perspectives: aesthetic, architectural, environmental, political, and social. It is centered on the Kingdom of Bahrain, the smallest and greenest of the Arab states in the Persian Gulf, where green has a long and deep history appearing cooling, productive, and prosperous--and a radical contrast to the hot, hostile desert. As is the case with cities around the world, green is often celebrated as a counter to gray urban environments, yet green has not always been good for cities. To have the color green manifested in arid environments is often in direct conflict with 'green' from an environmental point of view; this paradox is at the heart of the book. Given the resources required to maintain green in arid areas, including cities, the provision of green often bears significant environmental costs. In arid environments such as Bahrain, this contradiction becomes extreme and even unsustainable. Based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork, Gareth Doherty explores the landscapes of Bahrain where green represents a plethora of implicit human values and lives in dialectical tension with other culturally and environmentally significant colors and hues. The book's six chapters focus on: Blue, Red, Date-palm Green, Grass Green, Beige, and White. Implicit in his book is the argument that concepts of color and object are mutually defining and thus a discussion about green becomes a discussion about the creation of space and place"--Provided by publisher.
Category: Architecture

Sky Blue Stone

Author : Arash Khazeni
ISBN : 9780520279070
Genre : 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.
Category: History

Willem De Kooning

Author : Barbara Hess
ISBN : 3822821330
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Der niederländisch-amerikanische Maler Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) ist einer der Hauptvertreter des Abstrakten Expressionismus. Zusammen mit Jackson Pollock gilt er als Erfinder des Action Painting.
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Mein Leben Meine Freiheit

Author : Ayaan Hirsi Ali
ISBN : STANFORD:36105122478279
Genre : Muslim women
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In ihrer Autobiografie erzählt die äEuropäerin des Jahres 2006ä, wie aus einem Flüchtling aus Afrika eine weltweit geachtete Freiheitskämpferin wurde und warum sie trotz aller Gefahren weitermacht.
Category: Muslim women

Graveminder

Author : Melissa Marr
ISBN : 9783492958967
Genre : Fiction
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Jede Generation hat ihre eigene Totenwächterin. Bei Beerdigungen spricht sie die magischen Worte über dem frischen Grab: »Drei Schlucke, um sie zu bannen. Nicht mehr und nicht weniger.« Doch was geschieht, wenn es kein Grab gibt? Wenn die Tote ein junges Mädchen ist, das auf grausame Weise ermordet wurde und nun auferstanden ist, um Rache zu nehmen? Für Rebekkah, Graveminder des idyllischen Claysville, beginnt ein Wettlauf gegen die Zeit. Sie muss ihre Stadt vor der hungrigen Toten schützen. Und nur Byron, ihre große Liebe, steht ihr bei ... »Dieses Buch macht süchtig.« Examiner
Category: Fiction