“Medicine & Culture” : A Special Talk by Dr. Farouk Yahya & Dr. Fabrizio Speziale

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM) is pleased to host a special talk by Dr. Farouk Yahya & Dr. Fabrizio Speziale, “Medicine & Culture”  in conjunction with Al-Tibb: Healing Traditions in Islamic Medical Manuscripts Exhibition.

 The details are as follow:-

Special talk on “Medicine & Culture”

Date: 28th July 2018, Saturday

Time: 10.30 am – 1.00 pm

Venue: Auditorium, Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Admission: Free


‘Medicine and Malay Manuscripts’ by Dr. Farouk Yahya

Many techniques for diagnosing and curing illnesses were compiled in Malay manuscripts up to the early 20th century. In Malay, medical books are usually referred to as kitab tib. Typically the prescriptions found in these kitab tib consist of herbal remedies. Yet at the same time, the preparation and usage of some of these remedies may involve magical rites. Conversely, handbooks for magic and divination often contain techniques for healing, and they regularly include various herbal remedies as well. In this talk, Dr. Farouk will explore some examples of traditional Malay medicine as documented in these manuscripts, and look at how they relate to other aspects of Malay culture such as art and literature.


‘Persian Culture and Ayurvedic Medicine in South Asia’ by Dr. Fabrizio Speziale

An important number of texts on Indian medicine were composed in Persian language in India, starting from the Sultanate period (13th-16th centuries) and especially during the following Mughal epoch (1526-1858). This can be regarded as one of the major movements of scientific translation that took place between various South Asian cultures. This talk will focus on some of the main features, scholars and texts that characterized this trend of studies. In Mughal India, Persian scientific texts were composed by Hindus scholars as well. Many Hindus studied at the Madrasa, were proficient in Persian and wrote medical and scientific works in this language. Several Persian works on Indian medicine were composed for Muslim nobles. However, and in particular in the pharmacological field, these studies were largely stimulated by practical reasons, and the assimilation of the Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia acted as a main instrument for the adaptation of the practice of the Muslim physicians to the Indian environment.


Interested to join?

Reserve your seat by sending your details (name, contact number and email address) to education@iamm.org.my or call 03-2092 7032/7033/7034/7038.