Coffee and Coffeehouses: The Origins of a Social Beverage in the Medieval Near East

Paperback | October 1, 1985

byRalph S. Hattox

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Drawing on the accounts of early European travelers, original Arabic sources on jurisprudence and etiquette, and treatises on coffee from the period, the author recounts the colorful early history of the spread of coffee and the influence of coffeehouses in the medieval Near East. Detailed descriptions of the design, atmosphere, management, and patrons of early coffeehouses make fascinating reading for anyone interested in the history of coffee and the unique institution of the coffeehouse in urban Muslim society

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The early history of coffee, from its use in Sufi rituals to its widespread consumption in medieval Muslim coffeehouses, makes fascinating reading. Drawing on original Arabic sources and the accounts of early European travelers, Hattox describes the colorful history of coffee and the birth of the unique institution of the coffeehouse i...

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Drawing on the accounts of early European travelers, original Arabic sources on jurisprudence and etiquette, and treatises on coffee from the period, the author recounts the colorful early history of the spread of coffee and the influence of coffeehouses in the medieval Near East. Detailed descriptions of the design, atmosphere, manage...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.97 × 4.96 × 0.54 inPublished:October 1, 1985Publisher:University Of Washington Press

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ISBN - 10:0295962313

ISBN - 13:9780295962313

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Table of Contents

IllustrationsPrefaceThe Great Coffee ControversyThe Coming of Coffee to the Near EastCoffee, Coffeehouses, and the OppositionWine, Coffee, and the Holy LawLethargy, Leprosy, and Melancholia: Coffee and Medieval MedicineTaverns without Wine: The Rise of the CoffeehouseSociety and the Social Life of the CoffeehouseThe Coffeehouse: Social Norms, Social SymbolsAppendix: Note on SourcesGlossaryNotesBibliographyIndex

From Our Editors

The early history of coffee, from its use in Sufi rituals to its widespread consumption in medieval Muslim coffeehouses, makes fascinating reading. Drawing on original Arabic sources and the accounts of early European travelers, Hattox describes the colorful history of coffee and the birth of the unique institution of the coffeehouse in urban Muslim society.

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Coffee and its ‘house’ became a noticeable and long-lasting fixture in Muslim society and arguably a historical force to be reckoned with..How it all began can be learned form this short book, which is written with great care and full, reliable documentation.

- American Historical Review