286 Book Reviews / Islamic Law and Society 18 (2011) 281-291 Aḥmad al-Aḥqiṣārī, Against Smoking: An Ottoman Manifesto . By Yahya Michot. Introduction, editio princeps and translation, Arabic text, index. Leicestershire, U.K.: Kube Publishing, 2010. Hardback, Pp. xvi+108; 30 black and white illustrations. ISBN: 978-1-84774-020-5. $16.00. In this short volume, Yahya Michot, professor of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary, provides an annotated translation of Aḥmad al-Rūmī al-Aqḥiṣārī’s Risāleh dukhāniyyeh ( Epistle on Tobacco ). e translation includes a foreword by Mohammad Akram Nadwi, a long introduction by Michot, and the Arabic text of the Dukhāniyyeh . e illustrations, mainly European, are attractive and depict smoking scenes in the Ottoman empire and the pre-modern Muslim world. Al-Aqḥiṣārī (d. 1041/1631 or 1043/1634), a little-known religious scholar, was born in Cyprus and converted to Islam as a child, after the Ottoman conquest of the island between 977 and 981/1570 and 1573. Ottoman historians have largely over- looked his writings and personal history (and modern historians often confuse him with Ḥasan Kāfī Aqḥiṣārī [d. 1025/1616], the famous Bosnian author of Uṣūl al-ḥikam fī niẓām al-‘ālam ). ere is, in fact, no scholarly bibliography of Aḥmad al-Aqḥiṣārī, nor do we know
Islamic Law and Society – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2011
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