Mudcat Café message #1081431 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #65565   Message #1081431
Posted By: GUEST
29-Dec-03 - 07:51 AM
Thread Name: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
The move from 'temperance' to the extremist 'prohibition' seems similar to Islamic history.

As I understand it, Mohammed originally said that 'Muslims should avoid strong drink' without defining either avoid or strong. As the distillation of alcohol had only recently been invented, 'strong drink' may have been spirits, as opposed to wine and beer which had been drunk in the region for centuries. But at some stage, it has been translated into a total ban on alcohol.