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A Malay manuscript from Sumatera Island attracted the attention of the flagship. Why? Stay tuned. The manuscript starts with 30 pages of medicinal content, followed by 30 pages of house building, 30 pages of boat building. Interestingly, at the end of the manuscript, it reverts to medicinal content and presents a method claimed by the author as “like what has been practised in the West”. The method is likely explaining about arm-to-arm vaccination which was founded by Edward Jenner in 1796 for smallpox. Have a read through the method. What do you think?

Source: Kalam Ubatan

Assalamua’laikum WBT,
Dear all IIUM Kuantan communities,

We are pleased to announce that MyULAM Store@KAHS is NOW OPEN! If you like to know more about MyULAM, please click this LINK. You may submit your order just by following these 3 simple steps:

1. Place your order online by filling in this form: shorturl.at/eswAJ (kindly place your order before 2.30PM on every working day)
2. Make your payment through internet banking.
3. Collect your order by driving through at KAHS foyer between 3.30PM to 4.30PM.

The list of ulam and vegetables will be updated daily to ensure you will receive ONLY the BEST from us.

Among ulam that will be offered:
✅Ulam Raja – RM2/pack, RM5/3packs
✅Telang Flower Seeds- RM2/pack (25seeds in a pack)

For further enquiries, feel free to contact Dr. Norazsida: wa.link/5sgm5n

We would be grateful if you could disseminate this great offer to anyone who might be interested in purchasing the ulam/ seed.

Many thanks in advance for your kind support.

 

Dr. Mohd. Affendi, the flagship, has had a discussion with the Library of IIUM Kuantan about an exhibition to be held in the library. The exhibition will tentatively take place in September 2021 until November 2021. Please mark your calendar to visit the exhibition, specifically at the IIUM Corner section (under staircase) in the library. The event is also open to the public (subject to IIUM SOP during COVID-19 pandemic). The contents of the exhibition is still in preparation but will surely include books of Malay medical manuscripts, some herbal plants, quizzes, posters, etc. Do come visit us in 5 month-time. See you insyaAllah.

Ten books related to Malay medical manuscripts were handed to the Library of IIUM Kuantan campus by the Flagship on Wednesday, 21st April 2021. One of the books, ‘Buku Panduan Mengkaji Perubatan Melayu’, was the product of a collaboration between the Flagship and Akademi Jawi Malaysia for a massive project of ‘Projek Gotong-royong Merumikan Manuskrip Perubatan Melayu Sempena PKP 2.0’.
According to the library, they are really keen to increase the library’s book collection but the issue is always the financial strength. And the victims are the students, from all walks of life, who cannot get enough references for their studies. What’s the meaning of celebrating World Book Day if we have loads of books but not the genres that we need to increase our knowledge?

In March 2021, a new book from the flagship was published, authored by the flagship leader himself, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Affendi Mohd Shafri. The book was developed to help people who are interested in Malay medical manuscript, do research on them. The book will cover about the procedure on how to study them. The book was published in Bahasa Melayu, by Akademi Jawi Malaysia. This book was also produced in conjunction with a massive collaboration work between the flagship and approximately 40 researchers from 3 countries namely Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia. Here is the blurb of the book.

Perkembangan yang berlaku mutakhir ini memerlukan penyusunan sebuah panduan supaya kajian yang dilakukan lebih tersusun, dapat berkembang dengan terpimpin dan mencapai tujuan yang digariskan.

Qa’idah sedia ada dan baharu yang telah diperkenalkan dikumpulkan secara ringkas dalam panduan ini untuk digunakan dalam bengkel-bengkel perumian.

Justeru, buku panduan yang diberi nama Panduan Mengkaji Manuskrip Prubatan Melayu ini juga boleh dijadikan panduan kilat dan pantas oleh para pelajar dan pengkaji untuk merangka kajian dan menulis kertas cadangan kajian mereka.

ICOMMM 2020 was organised by the Health Information and Knowledge from Malay Medical Manuscripts (HIKAM) Flagship, Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences, IIUM. ICOMMM 2020 carried the momentum built after ICOMMM 2015 (IIUM Kuantan Campus) and ICOMMM 2018 (Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia) in introducing the Malay medical manuscripts to the academics and the public, expanding the research on these manuscripts beyond realm of humanities to the scientific community. The theme for ICOMMM 2020, “Discovery, Innovation and Integration” aimed to create a platform for academics and researchers, to share their knowledge and experience related to the Malay medical manuscript and its importance to the current medical and health education and profession.

Despite the unprecedented circumstances posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is prudent to rise to the current challenge to find innovative and creative ways to keep driving science and medicine forward, in pursuit of the next wave of biomedical discoveries and innovations. This time, ICOMMM 2020 embraced the new norm amidst the Covid-19 pandemic in which the conference was held online via the Google Meet platform. Information on the conference is made available at https://conference.iium.edu.my/icommm/.

This conference was aimed to:
a. Study the history, development and achievements of Malay medicine through available manuscripts.
b. Collect data on what has been done until now with regards to Malay medical manuscripts i.e. conservation, cataloguing, transliteration, digitisation, analysis and benchwork experiments based on manuscript data.
c. Improve and contextualised participants’ understanding of the subject.
d. Enable learning of the inspiration, experiences and the interpretation of the people from the past in tackling the problem and relate how it can be adopted and actualized in today’s practice.

ICOMMM 2020 was officiated by the honourable Rector, Prof. Emeritus Tan Sri Dato’ Dzulkifli Abdul Razak. This was followed by the book launching ceremony of the Manuskrip Perubatan Melayu (Warithan Kebitaraan Melayu), which compiles all the talk content during ICOMMM 2018. Thereafter, the conference continued with the presentation by the first Keynote speaker, Dr. Goh Cheng Soon, the director of Tradiotional and Complementary Medicine, Ministry of Health. The recording of the launching event and the first keynote speaker can be watch via this LINK.

A total of 96 participants had registered for the conference. The participants were mainly from the IIUM community as well as the government and private agencies and academic and research institutions.

 

Alhamdulillah, the flagship has successfully conducted the very first Harvesting Day from MyULAM Garden on 23th October 2020. Thank you very much to all who were involved and contributed in many ways to make the event a success. Congratulations!

The harvested produce scored a whopping 7.5kg in total, consisting various ulam. This is a great achievement for a very young garden. Please look at the poster attached below for the details.

The flagship would like to thank the members of KAHS who were very dedicated in taking care of the garden. May Allah bless our effort.

Public can also visit our garden anytime. Unfortunately during COVID-10 pandemic, the entrance into IIUM is restricted but insyaAllah in the future when the pandemic is gone, you are welcome to visit our garden.

If you do visit us, please kindly scan the iAttend code (found on the wall at the corner of the building close to the garden) every time you enter the garden, even if you just come over to enjoy the garden. These records are important statistics for us to monitor how the Garden has benefitted our community. Please continue to enjoy our Garden!

Here are some lovely pictures during the harvest.

September 2020 – Under the flagship, we also aimed to establish an herb hub in IIUM Kuantan Campus. This aim has been realised in small scale by the help of members of Faculty of Allied Health Sciences. Numerous species of herbs, both local and foreign origin, were planted in a dedicated area by the Faculty building.

Among herbs planted are ‘pegaga’, ‘tulasi’, ‘bangun-bangun’, ‘bunga telang’, ‘ulam raja’, ‘selasih’, ‘mata itik’, ‘mata ayam’, ‘bayam brazil’, ‘bayam cina’, ‘maman’, ‘cekur’, ‘bonglai’, ‘halia’, ‘kunyit’, ‘ketumbar jawa’, ‘serai wangi’, ‘pandan’, ‘kesum’.

Next planning is to expand the garden to a larger scale so that the Flagship can serve as the main hub of Malay traditional herbs (ulam) in Malaysia. Here are some great pictures showing the cooperation among approximately 100 people in the Faculty.

Officiation by the Dean of Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Prof. Dr. Suzanah Abdul Rahman
Faculty members cooperatively broke a sweat to establish the garden.
Some of the lots at the end of the day.

 

To further inculcate the culture of Malay medical manuscript (MMM), the flagship has set a movement to collaborate with the Department of Allied Health Sciences to integrate some knowledge about MMM in Natural Product & Herbal Medicine course, and to offer Final Year Projects (FYP) based on Malay Medical Manuscripts.

As a result, 18 students of the Natural Product & Herbal Medicine course were able to understand the importance of digging out information from MMM that can relate with the course that they learnt. As for FYP, there were 19 titles related to MMM and this was a good start that the students were willing and brave to venture into a new and rarely explored field by the mainstream researchers. These are the titles of FYP:

FYP Titles

Transliteration of Malay Medical Manuscript MSS 4837 and Analysis of Its Medicinal Content
The Appraisal of Medical Content of Ramuan Obat EAP153/9/4 Malay Medical Manuscript
Transliteration and Content Analysis of Malay Medical Manuscript MSS 1796: Focusing on Puru (Yaws)
Critical Edition of MSS1467
Breastfeeding: Data Mining on Malay Formulation and Practice Recommended in Malay Medical Manuscript
Data mining on respiratory diseases or symptoms in Malay medical manuscripts with special reference to MSS 2905 Petua Kitab Tib
Piper betle: Knowledge from Malay Medical Manuscript versus Modern findings
Transliteration and Content Analysis of Malay Medical Manuscript MS 699.
Thematic analysis of Malay medical manuscripts focusing on dental problems with special reference to MSS 3084
Data Mining on Yaws Treatment in Malay Medical Manuscripts with Special Reference to MSS3749
Transliteration and Biomedical Appraisal of Malay Medical Manuscript MSS 4016
In Vivo Antiplasmodial Assessment of Syzygium aromaticum towards Plasmodium berghei Infected Mice Adopted from Malay Medical Manuscript
Zingiber officinale rhizome extract as a potential anti-snake venom: A scoping review
Prevention and Treatment of Female Sexual Dysfunction Mati Putik : Data Mining on Malay Medical Manuscript
Sesame seed extract as a wound healer: a systematic review
Punica granatum as a Potential Wound Healer: A Scoping Review
Transliteration of Malay Medical Manuscript MSS 4016 Page 85-89 and Analysis of Its Medical Content
Identification of Antibacterial Activity of Allium cepa-based Formulation Documented in Malay Medical Manuscript

December 2019 – Following several visits by Flagship team to Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM), a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was signed between IIUM and IAMM on 6th December 2019. The MoA was signed by The Honourable Rector of IIUM Prof. Emeritus Tan Sri dato’ Dzulkifli Abdul Razak and the Director of IAMM Mr. Syed Mohamad Albukhary.

The main scopes of the responsibilities:
IIUM: To transliterate a selected manuscript and perform content analyses.
IAMM: To prepare manuscript, provide high quality images of selected manuscript and design publication.

It is hoped that the project will run smoothly and with full cooperation from both parties.

Sitting from left: Dr. Heba Nayel Barakat (Head of Curatorial Affairs Department of IAMM), Prof. Emeritus Tan Sri Dato’ Dzulkifli Abdul Razak (IIUM Rector) and Prof. Dr. Ahmad Hafiz Zulkifly (Deputy Rector IIUM).
Museum tour by Dr. Heba, showing a Qur’an aged hundreds of years.
Part of the team posed in Ottoman Room, exhibited in the museum.
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