Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World

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Food and Drink - Wine and Alcoholic Beverages
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Jewish production, trade, and consumption of alcohol in the Middle East and North Africa predates Islam by many centuries. By at least the sixteenth century, the spread of distillation techniques resulted in liquor, particularly brandies and fruit spirits, becoming an important beverage among Sephardi and Mizraḥi Jews. Despite intermittent repression…

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Walker Robins, “Food and Drink - Wine and Alcoholic Beverages”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 02 December 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_000715>
First published online: 1899



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