Hattox, Ralph S. Coffee and Coffeehouses: The Origins of a Social Beverage in the Medieval Near East. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press. Coffee and Coffeehouses has 70 ratings and 11 reviews. J.M. said: Not so much a history of coffee and its public institutions, as a look at how something. Coffee and Coffeehouses: The Origins of a Social Beverage in the Medieval Near East. Front Cover. Ralph S Hattox. University of Washington Press,

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This is a rare lapse, however, and Hattox’s presentation of the various theories and interpretations concerning the origin and spread of coffee has stood the test of time since very well. One can formulate a basic statement, the lowest common denominator, as it were, with which almost all scholars of the four major Sunni schools of jurisprudence would agree.

This they often try to effect by the rhythmic repetition, in unison, of a name or epithet of God, or perhaps of the shahdda, coffew basic Muslim profession of faith.

Coffee and Coffeehouses / Ralph S. Hattox

It was probably inevitable, then, that the physical con- sequences of coffee drinking would be cited to call its legal- ity into question. Jazlrl himself recognized this distinction.

Nevertheless, I learned a lot about how the use of coffee spread hattix the Muslim world. What each school did, how- ever, was to synthesize a body of laws which: One will often encounter a carefully phrased question that deals with just the subject at hand.

Hattox tends to the end argument that it was the institution of the coffeehouse itself as a source of hyper-caffeinated, latte-fueled political opposition and debate that was the problem in the minds of the religious and political elites.

Coffee and Coffeehouses by Ralph S. Hattox

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Kopi dijadikan sebab orang mula bicara tentang politik, tentang kebebasan, seni, kebahagiaan dan paling akhir ialah tentang tuhan. Shafi rated it really liked it Mar 11, This involvement of the members of the orders in everyday affairs of the world was, in all likelihood, one of the most important factors in the spread of coffee.


Coffee was demonstrably not intoxicating by the standards of the sharp a. Nowhere is this clearer than in the Meccan case of How can one explain that the power of cogfeehouses edicts did not last? Published October 1st by University of Washington Press. First, they question the etymology itself.

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Indeed, southwest Ethiopia is the world’s original source of what we call “coffea arabica. The political activities that became an important part: Thus, one is able to speak in round terms of decades, while some historians who deal with such vitally important items as the stirrup are forced into vague debates where centuries hang in the balance.

Coffee burst onto the scene in the Near East in the middle of the 5th century. In spite of the long time [that it had been drunk], not a soul gave any thought to interfering with coffee drinkers, nor did anyone find fault with the drink either in itself or because of factors [associated cffeehouses but] external to it, such as passing the cup around and the like.

Hashish and similar intoxicants come under the rubric of forbidden materials for a number of reasons haytox, especially [because of] what they bear in the way of harm to the body God His name be exalted said: He added that roasting the beans only served to enhance these properties, and hence their tendency to lead to the disease. He tells us that it causes hemor- rhoids bawasir and recurring headaches. In part, how- ever, the Sufis most likely did contribute to the spread of the popularity of, or at least general knowledge con- cerning, coffee.


It is possible that the berry or beverage was first called after Kaffa, and that subsequent to its intro- duction in Arabia those who knew of it there could not resist the poetical urge to apply to it a near-homophone that had been a term for wine.


Finally, God sent a revelation clearly for- bidding wine. Our attention is directed toward what went on and why, how the patrons amused themselves and were amused by others, and who associated with whom.

At the same time, they must be approached with the most caution. The sort of argument that they put forward seems to disappear rather early on.

Coffee and Coffeehouses

Ccoffeehouses used in parts of the Near East in preference to the mortar and pestle, the mill pictured here closely resembles those still widely seen in Turkey today. As is obvious from these pictures, however, within a few decades of being introduced to coffee, Europeans were designing coffeehouss types of vessels to prepare the drink, and eventually developed new methods as well.

Strolling vendors, such as the one clffee here in an engraving entitled Vendeur de caffe par les rues by Jean Baptiste van Moorwere seen on the hsttox both of the Near East and Europe. In the past century, such strolling vendors of coffee but not of other drinks requiring less elaborate preparation have virtually disappeared.

Actually, the ShaffTs, MalikTs, and HanbalTs agree in all the essen- tials, and the main principle is not terribly complicated. None of the sources makes any men- tion of special considerations concerning the water used. There is no need to give a detailed account here of the theoretical basis of medical science among the Arabs as it had been transmitted to and adapted by them from the Greeks, particularly the Greek anatomist and physi- cian, Galen A.