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By Ralph S. Hattox

"Coffee and its 'house' turned a obvious and long-lasting fixture in Muslim society and arguably a ancient strength to be reckoned with...How all of it started might be discovered shape this brief publication, that's written with nice care and whole, trustworthy documentation." -American ancient Review

Drawing at the bills of early eu tourists, unique Arabic resources on jurisprudence and etiquette, and treatises on espresso from the interval, the writer recounts the colourful early heritage of the unfold of espresso and the impact of coffeehouses within the medieval close to East. distinct descriptions of the layout, surroundings, administration, and consumers of early coffeehouses make interesting interpreting for somebody attracted to the heritage of espresso and the original establishment of the coffeehouse in city Muslim society

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By some point in the third quarter of the fifteenth century, this beverage was being made from a part or parts of the coffee bean. This innovation is often attributed to the scholar and Sufi, MuJ:tammad alDhabl;tanI, who died circa 1470-71. The introduction of coffee, if not the work of Dhabl;tanI himself, was at least contemporaneous with his adult life. 3. It was first widely used in the Yemen. 4. Whatever other points of controversy may exist, its early use is almost always connected with Sufi orders.

Further, Niebuhr tells us that the patron of the city of Mocha, who achieved this honor by being the father of the habit that became the economic lifeblood of the city, lived in the late fourteenth century. Moreover, while Fakhr al-Dln al-MakkI's story of 'All ibn 'Vmar, as it is related by JazIrI, gives no dates for him, it would suggest that the man had introduced qahwa some time considerably before 1475. While it is possible that 'AydarUs, who died in the first decade of the sixteenth century, cannot be completely eliminated by this statement, he is by far a less likely choice.

When all the inconsistencies from these reports have been considered, and where those aspects of the reports containing contradictions that can be resolved neither by evidence nor reason have been set aside, there remain a number of general statements that can be made concerning the introduction of coffee into the lands of Islam: 1. In the first, second or, less likely, third quarter of the fifteenth century, a potion made from some stimulating vegetable matter seems to have gained The Coming of Coffee to the Near East 23 popularity among the adherents of certain Sufi orders in the Yemen.

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