Originally Posted by Hajo Flettner
First I should point out that shisha is an Egyptian term for the sort of water water pipe we all smoke. The stuff we all most commonly put into it is called moassel (it's spelled differently depending upon where you go).
I find that interesting too. In Germany we call the Hookah Shisha. So we say "Let's smoke some Shisha" instead of "let's smoke some Hookah".
I don't know where the term Shisha got associated with the Tobacco but somehow it did....