HOOKAH

HOOKAH is a single or multi-stemmed instrument for smoking flavored tobacco called Mu'assel, in which the smoke is passed through a water basin (often glass based) before inhalation. India & Persia is the origin of hookah, or at a translation point between the two. The word "hookah" is a dervative of "Huqqa", which is what the Indians called it. According to author Cyril Elgood, who does not mention his source, it was abul-fath gilani, a persian physician at the Indian Court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar, who "first passed the smoke of tobacco through a small bowl of water to purify and cool the smoke. Thus invented the hubble-bubble or hookah. Nevertheless, a quatrain of Ahil Shirazi refers to the use of the Alybn in Safavid Iran. Smoking hookah has gained popularity outside of its' native region, in India, Pakistan & the middle east. Popularity is now growing in North America, South America, Europe, Australia, & South Africa.