"The Incredible Story of Coffee: Sufis, Sultans and Spitalfields"
Date: 29 October 2016
As part of An-Nisa Society’s Supplementary Muslim School’s 30th Anniversary celebrations (September 1986-September 2016) we are holding a series of events to mark this milestone. Kicking off is a coffee and cake event with the celebrated journalist/activist Abdul Rehman Malik who will guide us through the mysteries of coffee in Muslim cultures. This follows on from his recently acclaimed programme on the subject entitled The Mohammadan Bean: The Secret History of Islam and Coffee on BBC Radio 4. Join us for a fun Saturday afternoon at the Yellow Pavilion in Wembley Park. Coffee, tea and cakes will be served.
THERE ARE LIMITED PLACES SO BOOK EARLY
Link to programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07tq8cd
Journalist Abdul-Rehman Malik has always been captivated by coffee. Recently he uncovered a little known story about its Islamic roots and how this delicious brew came to change the world. In this programme, Abdul leads us on a journey to Turkey as he investigates the forgotten history of his beloved beverage. He discovers that coffee was popularised by Sufi mystics in the Yemen who used the drink as a way of energising themselves during their nocturnal devotions. Abdul discovers that coffee was drunk in the Sacred Mosque of Mecca itself, until the religious authorities issued a fatwa against it in the 16th century.With no pubs and inns in sight, coffeehouses would bring about a social revolution within the Islamic world. They were the very first spaces where people of all social classes could come together to discuss news and gossip. Consequently, the drink was persecuted by those in authority. Back in London, Abdul scours the city backstreets, coming upon the site of London's very first coffee house. He hears how coffee took the capital by storm, leading to a backlash from those who despised the drink they labelled an "abominable, heathenish liquid" and a "bitter Muhammedan gruel".
DIRECTIONS TO VENUE:
Address is: Yellow Pavilion, Yellow Parking, Engineers Way, Wembley Park HA9 0EG
By tube: Metropolitan and Jubilee lines to/ from Wembley Park Underground station
By train: Local and national trains to/ from Wembley Stadium station
By bus: Routes 92 and 206 from Engineers Way/ Olympic Way (outside the Yellow Pavilion)
By car: Parking is available for visitors in Wembley Retail Park/ Yellow Parking, and is free for up to 2 hours on non-event days. Event day charging regimes may differ.