Coffeehouses in early modern Istanbul (article)
More opium conference papers
World History Association conference, Salem, Massachusetts, June 25-28, 2009.
Turkish coffee on the web
Turkey to phase in ban on smoking in public facilities
Effective July 2009, Turkey will phase in a ban on smoking in public facilities such as restaurants, hotels, and government offices. For more, see here.
Raki controversy: secularism, Islam, and health in Turkey
Recently there has been controversy about laws regulating the sale of alcoholic drinks in Turkey. Sometimes this is represented as a struggle between Islamic and secular cultures and sometimes about health because of the danger of counterfeit drinks. The drink ordinarily consumed is raki: a distilled beverage made from grape-based alcohol and anise. For details about the controversy, see here.
American missionaries and the opium trade in the Ottoman empire
American Missionaries and the Opium Trade in the Ottoman Empire
Timothy M. Roberts (Bilkent University), at World History Association conference, Milwaukee, June 2007
History of Turkish coffee
When coffee beans first came to Istanbul in 1555, they were eaten. Only later did Ottoman society create a drink, so-called Turkish coffee. For more, see here.
Coffee Republic and the New York City deli
The British-Iranian Hashemi family incorporates features of the New York City deli in its Coffee Republic chain. In addition to coffee houses in Britain, Coffee Republic has outlets in Bulgaria and Turkey and plans to enter the coffee house market in Bahrain and elsewhere in the Persian Gulf region.
Want to get a read on Turkish politics? Check guest list, drinks menu at presidential bashes
Turkey's new president, a devout Muslim, held his first palace receptions last week, and observers noted two seemingly trivial details: Alcohol was served, and the leader's wife and top military generals didn't show up.
The IHT reports.
Smoking in the Ottoman Middle East (article)
James Grehan, "Smoking and 'Early Modern' Sociability: The Great Tobacco Debate in the Ottoman Middle East (Seventeenth to Eighteenth Centuries)," American Historical Review 111/5 (Dec. 2006), 1352-77. Grehan teaches history at Portland State University in Oregon.