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Islam removed from coffee's history

Mohd Noor Merican, Ahmad Murad (2020) Islam removed from coffee's history. New Straits Times, 4 May 2020.

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This essay is not about Covid-19, but about coffee, of how the subject of the brew has been written, intoxicated with Eurocentric history. Recently, I encountered the comment of blogger Omer Aziz about a reviewer on the history of coffee. Adam Gopnik's essay in The New Yorker brewed the rage in him. Omer "felt a savage inner reaction to everything about it, the sort of feeling that post-9/11 experts likened to 'Muslim rage' and spent many pages analysing." Gopknik was reviewing Jonathan Morris's 2019 book, Coffee: A Global History. Something is missing. It is not about Morris' book, but on Gopnik's review. Why with so many words spilled on the subject, and readers' interest in the history, are Islam, Arabs, and Muslims excised from the narrative?"

Item Type: Article (Newspaper)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General) > B69 History and systems
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
T Technology > TX Home economics
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Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2024 12:27
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2024 12:27
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/111493

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