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History of Hookah

In the Indian city of Fatehpur Sikri, Roman Catholic missionaries of the Society of Jesus arriving from the southern part of the country, introduced tobacco to the Mughal emperor Akbar the Great (1542-1605 AD).Louis Rousselet writes that the physician of Akbar, Hakim Aboul Futteh Ghilani, then invented the hookah in India.However, a quatrain of...

Hookah

A  hookah (from Hindustani: हुक़्क़ा (Devanagari), حقّہ‬ (Nastaleeq), IPA: ), also known as the ḡalyān(Persian: قلیان), is a single- or multi-stemmed instrument for vaporizing and smoking flavored tobacco (often Mu‘assel), or sometimes cannabis or opium, whose vapor or smoke is passed through a water basin—often glass-based—before inhalation. There are two theories regarding the origin of the hookah. The first is that following the introduction of tobacco to medieval Indiaby the Jesuits, the waterpipe was invented by...

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