A precious piece of Indian history has arrived in Paris. After passing through the United Kingdom, North America, and east Asia, the Jewels of the Al Thani Collection exhibit is now headlining at the Grand Palais, where it will be on display until June 5. The collection showcases some of the most beautiful ornaments from the Mughal empire and the period of British rule. It reveals both the beauty of early modern Indian jewellery, and their fascinating influence on Western jewellers.
While the legacy of Muslim rule in South Asia remains controversial, historians and journalists have been uncovering many positive aspects of the Mughal Empire in recent years. Articles praising Akbar’s reign as a time of religious tolerance, celebrating Mughal translations of Sanskrit texts into Persian and casting new light on Aurangzeb’s reputation appear in scholarly journals and popular websites.
Christianity has long been a part of India's religious diversity. Syrian Christians claim that Thomas, one of the original 12 disciples of Jesus, established their community almost 2,000 years ago. Medieval Christians in Europe believed that Bartholomew, another disciple of Jesus, evangelised North India while Thomas headed south.