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

Professor Ralph Hattox tracks the development of the coffeehouse as a social entity in the Ottoman empire, originating as an aide for Sufi religious rites and eventually coming down to street level in the kiosks of Istanbul. Hattox details the initial moral and medical quandaries of coffee for the medieval Islamic world to its evolution into a social beverage. You learn how Turkish coffee is drunk influenced why cafes became conduits for politics and social change, chess games, storytelling, and music.

Book details

  • author
  • Ralph S. Hattox
  • publisher
  • University of Washington Press
  • Year published
  • 1985
  • Pages
  • 178

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