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Road Food
Detail from nomadic scene, Turkish, 15th century. Click for larger image.

Each year Shaikh Shahabuddin Suhrawardi would leave Baghdad to perform the hajj. But when he grew old and infirm, food prepared for him on the journey did not please him: he no longer liked to eat cold food. His disciple Shaikh Jalaluddin Tabrizi then devised a way to carry a hearth and a pot on his head, and to keep the hearth lit without burning himself. Whenever the Shaikh wished to eat, his disciple would then serve him hot food!