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David Friedman ddfr at daviddfriedman.com
Thu Aug 30 01:11:32 PDT 2012

There are lots of period anecdotes that imply that Caliphs pretty 
routinely violated the rule against drinking wine. Rather like medieval 
priests being less celibate than they were supposed to be. I doubt it 
required any sufi influence.

As someone already pointed out, the different schools of law differed in 
exactly what was forbidden. The translator of al-Warraq seems to think 
that anything (other than grapes?) fermented no more than three days was 
licit. I'm pretty sure another source I saw specified date beer 
fermented no more than three days.

On 8/29/12 8:28 PM, Terry Decker wrote:
> 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?

David Friedman

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