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An historical account of Ibn Sina Academy
The first book that Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman wrote on “Modern Times and Unani Medicine” was published in 1963 by Tibbi Academy, which he founded at Bhopal. It is a book of 207 pages, of 8° size, and very cheaply priced (of just Rs. 2.50), i.e., within the purchasing power of both students and young practising Unani physicians. The main purpose of writing this book appears to distinguish clearly between the principles of Unani and modern allopathic medicine, to explain clearly the theory of humours in the context of modern medicine and the elements of germ theory as hinted by the famous Unani physicians. The book has a historical slant (chapter 2), and it is mainly a good defence of Unani medicine in modern times.
In a note on p.4, the establishment of the Academy is announced and its objective are stated: “to publicise the theoretical principles and practical ideas of Unani medicine, to publish the text of standard works of Unani medicine and also their translations… further, a learned and research oriented monthly journal”. Then from 1965 onward, a Magazine with the title, Al-Hikmat (in Urdu) was published from Delhi, under the editorship of Syed Zillur Rahman Nadvi. The editor stated clearly in the introduction of the first issue (of May 1965, p.2) that the journal is being issued under the auspices of the Tibbi Academy. Syed Zillur Rahman at that point of time moved to Delhi and he was a Lecturer in Unani medicine at Jamia Tibbiya (Delhi), during 1963-70. It is now the Tibbiya College of Jamia Hamdard, a deemed university founded by Hakeem Abdul Hameed and funded primarily by Hamdard Foundation, New Delhi.
Further, besides the above-mentioned objectives, the editor listed also a couple of additional objectives, e.g., “the search of manuscripts of the Unani medicine, their edition and publication, … to excite the feeling of the pressing need of Unani medicine literature, and to publish a standard book every year”. He lamented also that despite the publication of 30-40 Tibbi magazines in India, no learned journal of Unani medicine is being published. He stressed that Al-Hikmat would be a purely scholarly journal not only confined to Unani Medicine, but it would also include some time articles on basic sciences, that is, zoology, botany, chemistry, physics, astronomy and philosophy. In fact, his first article in the first issue is on “Hikmat”, the subject matter of which he defined briefly, namely, logic and arithmetic relevant to medicine; the bearing of astronomy and astrology on Unani medicine; the importance of geometrical shape of wounds; the significance of optics, physics, even metaphysics and ethics for medicine in general. This breadth of vision of the 25 years old editor substantiates that Syed Zillur Rahman was very widely read even in his prime youth. In the following issues of Al-Hikmat, the editor appealed for founding a writer’s Association for the publication of textbooks of Unani medicine, translation of standard sources of Unani medicine, and he set-up a discussion group, Majlis Ibn Sina, to meet every month. For instance, the first meeting of that Majlis was held to discuss Typhoid. (Al-Hikmat, issue of July 1965). In addition to all those new innovations, unheard in the community of Unani physicians, the young editor appeared to be then very up-to-date. For he informed his readers in one of his editorial about a book on Ancient Indian Medicine, authored by Dr. P. Kutumbaiah, for which the then President of India, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, wrote a Foreword. In the same issue he published also an article of Dr. P. Kutumbaiah on “Physiology in Ancient Indian Medicine”, translated by Hakim ‘Abdul Jabbar Khan (Al-Hikmat Issue November 1965) He secured for later issues articles on quite burning topics, for instance on birth control in both Unani and allopathic systems of medicine, article on cancer by Gruner (Oskar Cameron Gruner is famous for his translation of Ibn Sina’s Al-Qanoon , Vol. 1, into English. Syed Zillur Rahman was in regular correspondence with him during 1965-68. Some of his letters were published in Al-Hikmat, See also Newsletter of Ibn Sina Academy of Medieval Medicine and Sciences (Aligarh), Ed. S.M.R. Ansari, Vo.4, No.1 (2004), section Documentation, for a few of his reprinted letters). The publication of this learned journal was in fact continued for five years (up to 1970) with the sole efforts and motivation of the editor. It shows clearly Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman commitment to the cause of Unani and modern medicine and also his quality of leadership.
After migration to Aligarh in 1970 as Literary Research Officer, Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman renamed the Tibbi Academy as Shifaul Mulk Memorial Committee after the name of Hakim Abdul Latif who died on 14th November 1970. The purpose of this Memorial Committee was same as Tibbi Academy formed in 1963, except the widened scope of publications including on Azizi Family of Shifaul Mulk Hakim Abdul Latif. Later on after the foundation of Ibn Sina Academy of Medieval Medicine and Sciences in 2000, all these past establishments viz ‘Shifaul Mulk Memorial Committee’ and ‘Majlis Ibn Sina’ were merged and came under one umbrella body i.e Ibn Sina Academy.
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