The revival of Islamic Medicine in the present context can provide a conceptually rich and yet practical medical alternative to modern medicine, a parallel medical pardigm that engages and interacts with the modern system and yet remain autonomous, with a great potential to critically and proactively identify, appropriate and integrate positive aspects of the modern system into its holistic vision and practice.
Medical research is not only medical, empirical or clinical, but also philosophical, historical and cross-cultural (e.g., as in ethnomedicine), for there is so much of time-tested traditional medical methods, remedies and ideas that have been lost to our collective intellectual and cultural memory due to systemic, reductionist medical westernization, and hence, for the Islamic Medicine Research Program (IMRP) to move forward, historical and cross-cultural research is also important. This does not mean that all doctors and medical academics and professionls have to do the actual ardous research, but that all of them should be aware of such research as has been done, know how to access it and render it accessible to other practitioners and to their students and patients, and the lay public in general.
Islamic Medicine is basically Natural or Fitrah Medicine (al-Tibb al-Fitri) centred on a sophisticated philosophical, spiritual and empirical psychology of the self-body dual nature of the human being, in which the body serves the self, while drawing its medical content critically from the ancient medical traditions of diverse cultures, Greek, Egyptian, Indian, Persian, Arabian and Chinese, as well as adding on these accumulated medical wisdom from the medical traditions of the Prophet himself (al-Tibb al-Nawawi), sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, all within an overarching integrative conceptual framework. As Dr. Rehan Zaidi of Sunnipath Academy puts it:
“One commonality between the Eastern medical traditions and Prophetic medicine is their concept of holism, a view documented well over 1,000 years ago explaining the value of the mind-body-spirit connection—discussions modern science seriously begun to explore only in the past 20 years. Taking Chinese medicine as an example, other shared practices also demonstrate the similarities. Both these systems place emphasis on procedures such as cupping, herbal therapy, and dietary modification, with fundamental reliance on prevention, balance, and non-physical forces such as energy and prayer.”
The colloquium draws on this time-tested, cosmopolitan heritage and invites the relevant parties to revive it in the context of a contemporary conceptual and empirical Islamic Medicine Research Program (IMRP), one major component of which is a systemic evidence-based reinvestigation of the clinical practices, remedies and therapies documented in the classical Islamic medical texts, including Tibb Nabawi texts, and another of which is a systemic critical survey of contemporary medical approaches from East & West, including indigenous ethnomedical oral traditions, which are in accord for the most part with Islamic medical philosophy and axiology, e.g., naturopathy, homeopathy, kampo, acupuncture, food therapy, sleep therapy, indigenous ethnomedical traditions, etc., even aspects of modern western secular allopathic and technological approaches that can be critically integrated into the Islamic Medical framework.
1. Dr. Rehan Zaidi (naturopathist, Sunnipath Academy), international key-note speaker: “Prophetic Medicine in the Light of Eastern Medicine: Some Reflections & Case Studies”
2. Dr. Nurdeng Dueraseh (historian of Islamic medicine, UPM): “Prophetic Medicine in the Light of Kitab al-Tibb (Book of Medicine) of Sahih al-Bukhari”
3. Dr Suriyakhatun Osman ( Department of Homeopathy Cyberjaya University College of Medical Science (CUCMS) “Homeopathy: God’s gift to mankind”
4. Dr. Adi Setia (historian & philosopher of Islamic Science, IIUM, HAKIM-WIA): “Some Current Critical Rethinking in Modern Medicine: Outlining an Autonomous Islamic Medicine Research Program.”
Professional: RM50 (morning break + lunch + working papers)
Venue: ADM, LT1 -iIUM, Gombak
Wan Fayhsal: 012-9344553, Hanan: 013-6281714
Tentative of Program
8.00 am—9.00 am: Arrival of participants & Registration.
9.00 am—9.30 am: Welcoming speech by Dr. Farid Shahran, HAKIM Chairman.
9.30 am—10.30 am: International Keynote Talk & Presentation by Dr. Rehan Zaidi (naturopathist), Sunnipath Academy.
10.30 am—11.00 am: Q/A session.
11.00 am—11.30 am: Light refreshments break & networking session.
11.30 am—12.00 noon: Talk by Dr. Adi Setia
12.00 noon—12.30 pm: Talk by Dr. Nurdeng
12.30 noon—1.00 pm: Q/A session.
1.00 pm—2.00 pm: Lunch, Zuhr solat & networking.
2.00pm – 2.30 pm: Talk by Dr. Suriya
2.30pm – 2.45pm: Q/A session
2.45 pm—3.45 pm: Forum on Natural & Holistic Medicine
Dr. Rehan Zaidi (naturopathist).
Dr. Nurdeng Dueraseh (historian of Islamic Medicine).
Dr. Adi Setia (historian & philosopher of Islamic Science).
Dr. Suriya (homeopathy, CUCMS)
Mr. Fayhsal (postgraduate researcher/forum moderator).
4.50 pm—5.30 pm: ‘Asr solat, adjournment & post-colloquium networking.