by Blaise de Vigenere. Paris, 1663.
THE FIGURES & DESCRIPTIONS OF THE PRINCIPAL OFFICERS
& other Persons of the Ottoman Empire, by NICOLAI.
Turkish Religious Dervish
According to Nicolay, drug-use among Muslims was not limited to recreational use, but also had applications among religious mystics. His depiction of an enraged dervish, clothed only in an animal-hide, mutilating himself with a knife, is accompanied by the explanation that such religious ascetics 'walk through the countryside eating an herb called matslach, which … drives them mad'.
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Source: p.757, Christian-Muslim Relations A Bibliographical History Ed. D. Thomas and J. Chesworth