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Ramadan in Ottoman Times
1.       Roswitha
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 03 Sep 2008 Wed 04:02 pm

Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, is upon us. It is during this month that the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. In addition to refraining from food, beverages and sexual intimacy during daylight hours, believers also try to refrain from greed, slander and even gossip during this period.

http://www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/detaylar.do?load=detay&link=151963

http://www.petentour.com/birgul/religion/ramazan%20dining.htm

 

Ramazan Meals in the Ottoman Times

The month of Ramazan is not only a time of religious significance but also a chapter of its own in Turkish cultural history. The evening meal known as iftar was marked by its own special customs, family visits where exchanged, and a nation of normally early risers sat up until late or even promenaded in the illuminated streets, visited cafes and watched shadow plays. It was a way of celebrating Ramazan which took its cue from Istanbul, where these customs developed over the centuries. Special delicacies adorned the tables to make up for the deprivation of fasting. By Ali Esad Göksell,
SKYLIFE 01/97

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