HIKAM is managed by the IMARAH team (Islamic & Malay Medical Manuscripts Research and Information Unit) based at the Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences (KAHS), IIUM Kuantan. IMARAH was formed following the success of ICOMMM2015 (International Conference on Malay Medical Manuscripts). This website complements KALAM UBATAN, the project’s Facebook page, as community engagement tools in disseminating and sharing information, raising awareness, and initiating collaboration on research revolving around Malay medical manuscripts.
HIKAM means words of wisdom. Wisdom does not come without knowledge, and knowledge is built upon layers of time-tested experience called a tradition. HIKAM draws inspiration from the parable of the Tree of Knowledge, as stated in the Qur’an :
Have you not considered how Allah presents an example, [making] a good word like a good tree, whose root is firmly fixed and its branches [high] in the sky? It produces its fruit all the time, by permission of its Lord. And Allah presents examples for the people that perhaps they will be reminded. And the example of a bad word is like a bad tree, uprooted from the surface of the earth, not having any stability.”
[Surah Ibrahim: 24-26]
At HIKAM, our focus is on Malay medical manuscripts. We would like to study these manuscripts, at the very least to understand our own history. Beyond history, we would like to be engaged in the current renewed interest in traditional medical practices and partake in the conceptual, philosophical, and practical benefits of studying these ancient manuscripts.