Episode 2: The Jewels of the Maharajas
The jewels of the Maharajas symbolized power and a connection with the divine. Anyone who wanted to be a greater ruler wanted them.
When these jewels are traded on global auction markets, their histories are often lost or reduced to stories of their displacement.
In this episode, we tell one story behind the legendary Koh-i-Noor diamond. Nader Shah, the King of Persia, aspired to rule all of the Muslim lands -- the Ottoman Empire, Afghanistan, Hindustan. For that, he needed the wealth of the Mughals to maintain his large and expensive army.
Listen to the story of Nader Shah in Episode 2 of the Scrolls & Leaves podcast. This episode features interviews with Ali Ansari, Ernest Tucker and Friederike Voigt.
About Scrolls & Leaves: Scrolls & Leaves is a world history show from India narrating stories of colonialism, science and cultures through the lens of the marginalized. In collaboration with the Archives at NCBS and the Yale University-Mellon Sawyer Seminar.
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