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Food and Drink - Medieval Period
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"Of the good things of this world the Muslims enjoy most sex; the Christians, money, the Persians, status; and the Jews, food.” So runs an Arabic maxim, perhaps from the early Islamic era, that S. D. Goitein quotes in the introduction to his indispensable discussion of evidence regarding food and drink from the Cairo Geniza (Mediterranean Society 4.227). While the degree of interest of medieval religious communities in food, sex, or the like is beyond empirical verificati…

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David Freidenreich, “Food and Drink - Medieval Period”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 29 January 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_000704>
First published online: 1899

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