Tobacco smoking was unacceptable during the Ottoman Zenith and the rulers did their level best to outlaw the product. The small pipe called MEDWAKH used to smoke Dokha was the ideal tool to get your daily nicotine dose. Almost undetecable it could be carried around and the pipe could be used inconspicuously. In addition to that, the heavy mixture of herbs and other spices disguised the smell so not to attract unneeded attention.
There are two stories associated with the origin of Dokha and Medwakh. The Arabs claim that both the tobacco and the pipe were introduced by them and at the same time the Iranians (then Persians) claim that they were responsible for the genesis of the tobacco and the pipe in the 1400's. Either way the tobacco has been smoked, tested and enjoyed for over 500 years.