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Coffee and Coffeehouses


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A social history of the coffee house in Muslim society

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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


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 *

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