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The nargile (NAHR-gee-leh), or Turkish water pipe, is an old way of smoking Turkish tobacco.
Sometimes called a hookah or hubble-bubble by English speakers, and sheesha in the Arab world, the nargile was very popular during the Ottoman Empire from the 17th to the 19th centuries, but saw a fall-off in demand in the Turkish Republic as tobacco-lovers switched to cigarettes.
After World War II, it was mostly old men who smoked nargiles.
In the late 1990s a revived interest in all things Ottoman revived the nargile as well, and now it seems that younger men—and even some women—are enjoying its calming vapors.