The Shisha (Narguilé, Arguile or Hooka) has its origins in India, in the border regions with Pakistan. The Shishas created in these regions were very simple and rustic, and were usually made of coconut and wood. The Shisha have been invented in India in the seventeenth century by the physician Hakim Abul Fath, as a method to remove impurities from the smoke.
Arquile, or Narguilé, are the most used names in some countries, like Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Albania, Greece, Israel, Romania and Bulgaria. In Egypt, Bahrain, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen, it’s called Shisha, which has a Persian origin, meaning glass or bottle.
The Shisha is a water pipe used for smoking. There are regional differences in the format and how it works, but the common principle is the same: the smoke always goes through the water, or another type of drink, before arriving to whom is smoking.