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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 rep…

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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 14 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_000715>
First published online: 1899



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