Global Conference on History of Islamic Medicine in Calicut from January 2-4
BHOPAL: A three-day International Conference on
History of Islamic Medicine (Contemporary Medicine & Alternative Medicine)
is to be organised from January 2-4, 2015 in Calicut in Kerala state.
According to Dr Fakhruddin Mohammad, secretary MESCO,
(Muslim Educational, Social and Cultural Organisation, Hyderabad), the
International conference is being jointly organised by the International
Institute of Islamic Medicine (IIIM), USA and Islamic Medical Association of
North America (IMANA), in collaboration with Muslim Education Society (MES),
Kerala and MESCO Hyderabad.
Dr Fakhruddin told this Correspondent that during the
three-day conference the contribution of Muslims in medical sciences in the
Middle Ages (Legacy of a Thousand Years) would be brought to the fore through
exhibits of charts, replica instruments, documentaries, posters and short
films. An exhibition on the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation wherein Muslims’
contribution to sciences in the Middle Ages will be organised on the occasion,
He has invited Paper and Poster presentations from all
medical professionals and medical students of Allopathic and AYUSH. The last
date for registration for the conference is November 30, 2014.
Meanwhile, Islamic Medical Association of North
America (IMANA) mandated the formation of IIIM at an extra ordinary Council
meeting of its Executive in Orlando Florida, in 1992. The IIIM was established
for the purpose of reviving and re-recording the history and traditions of
Islamic Medicine. For this purpose it hopes to become a collection house for
all knowledge: past, present and future related to the History and Practice of
The IIIM’s vision is to educate all physicians and
especially Muslim Physicians in the rich history and traditions of Islamic
Medicine. By learning from history IIIM wishes to set standards in practice of
medicine that will eliminate medicine as a commodity available for sale and
barter, only to the one that can afford to pay the often inflated price.
The IIIM wants to restore Medicine to its former glory
as a humanitarian science, for promotion and maintenance of health, curing of
the sick and prevention of pain and suffering, without regard to colour, caste,
creed, or ethnicity of an individual or one’s status in a society.
The purpose, for which IIIM was formed, was to
collect, collate, catalogue, annotate, research and disseminate information
about the History of Islamic Medicine (HIM). Islamic Medicine was the Medicine
that developed and was practiced during the Islamic period of Civilization.
IIIM was also to research and publicize the multitudinous contributions that
Islamic Medicine made to the development of Modern Medicine.
The activities of
IIIM since 1992 are: (i) has held two national and five international conferences
on History of Islamic Medicine; (ii) Published and encouraged numerous articles
on subjects related to Islamic Medicine and published them in national and
International journals; (iii) Undertaken translation of pertinent works to
enhance our knowledge of the subject; (iv) Encouraged research into the subject
by providing grants and scholarship; (v) Has gathered and housed a unique and a
special collections Library, on the subject of History of Islamic Medicine;
(vi) Created a travelling exhibit on History of Islamic Medicine (HIM), which
has exhibited in cities nationally and internationally, disseminating
information and increasing awareness about the subject; (vii) Published
monographs and occasional papers for distribution; (viii) Created a dynamic interactive
website for reference, research and interactive exchange of information on the
subject; (ix) Is developing a curriculum for Medical schools for courses on
History of Islamic Medicine & (x) Has a proposal for the design and
construction of a Museum and Library of History of Islamic Medicine.