[Sca-cooks] Tenth Century Mead Recipes
ursula at tutelaries.net
Wed Aug 29 14:50:10 PDT 2012
> I'm still going through al-Warraq. It turns out that he has a bunch of
> recipes for fermented drinks. Some, according to the translator, are
> permissable under Islamic law--she doesn't specify which school or
> schools--some are not.
> They include meads, wines, beers, ...
Ralph Hattox's book Coffee and Coffeehouses has a nice discussion of the
different schools' rulings on alcoholic drinks, followed by a discussion
of how the schools treated coffee. The Qur'an is quite clear that
"khamr" is banned, so the question is what constitutes "khamr".
According to Hattox, the Hanafi school used a strict definition of
khamr, which allowed for the consumption of other: they banned wine made
from uncooked grape juice and uncooked intoxicants made from dates or
raisins, but allowed infusions (nabidh) made from cooked dates or
raisins as well as honey, wheat, barley, figs, or millet, as long as
they weren't consumed to the point of drunkenness. Other legal schools
had a less strict definition of khamr, and therefore prohibited more drinks.
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