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t.d.decker at att.net
Wed Aug 29 20:28:27 PDT 2012
> There is an entire chapter in Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq on water as a beverage.
> He considered it THE ONLY drink appropriate to serve with the meal. Then,
> depending on the temperament of the diner, it was to be served with ice or
> Only at the end of the meal were flavored sharbat served - sekanjabin -
> which it turns out is pronounced skan-ja-been - for those who'd eaten too
> much that was sweet, julab - which is rosewater syrup - for those who had
> too much that was sour.
> Alcoholic beverages were not drunk with the meal, but after the dishes had
> been cleared and the company had retired to share poems, listen to music,
> Urtatim (that's err-tah-TEEM)
Good to know about the water.
At the time al-Kitab al-Tabih was written, Sufism was spreading widely in
the region. The looser interpretation of the Q'uran and the use of alcohol
presented in the work may be a reflection of Sufist philosophy being
embraced by the Caliph's court. Any thoughts?
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