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Islamic Organization for Medical Sciences [IOMS]
 

AT THE LOCAL LEVEL

 

1)  Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences, Kuwait:

There exists a close cooperation between the Organization and this Foundation since the inception of the IOMS.  The Foundation has offered financial support to a number of scientific researches on Islamic medicine and still offers such grants every year.  Besides, it allolcates a number of prizes to be won by scientists interested in this field.  In addition, it has subscribed to some of the IOMS publications.

2)  The National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (Heritage Department), Kuwait: The First International Conference on Islamic Medicine was held in collaboration with the Council.  There is also full cooperation between the Heritage Department and the Organization.  The Department has provided the IOMS library with photocopies of the manuscripts in its possession.  Lately, a number of manuscripts on Islamic Medicine in Bahrain have been photocopied through the help of the Heritage Department at the Council.

3) The Encyclopedia of Islamic Jurisprudence, Kuwait:

Its scholars have attended all the conferences and seminars held by the Organization.  It also provides the required reference books, which results in full agreement between the legal opinions issued by the Encyclopedia and the conclusions reached int he seminars held by the Organization.

4)  Kuwait University:

Cooperation is very closed between the university and the IOMS in the fields of interest to the two parties, especially the faculties which are interested in the subject of Islamic Medicine.

5)  The Centre for Culture, Arts and Letters, Instanbul, Turkey:

It has participated in all the Conferences held by the IOMS since the first one that took place in Kuwait.  It has also issued a pamphlet listing all manuscripts on Islamic Medicine in Turkish libraries.

6)  The Union of Turkish Universities:

It played host to the Third International Conference on Islamic Medicine which was held in 1984 in Istanbul at the kind invitation extended by the Head of the Union.

7)  Hamdard Foundation, Pakistan:

It hosted the Fourth International Conference on Islamic Medicine which was held in 1986 in Karachi at the kind invitation of its Chairman.

8)  The Medical Association, Egypt:

It will host the coming Fifth Interantional Conference on Islamic Medicine to be held in November, 1988.

Cooperation is very close between the university and the IOMS in the fields of interest to the two parties, especially the faculties which are interested in the subject of Islamic Medicine. The Centre of Islamic Medicine has managed  to achieve the following:

Firstly: It has verified and edited three of the major books on the Islamic medical tradition: " Al- Hawi', by Abu Bakr Al-Razi, "Al-Qanun" by Ibn  Sina, and "Jameul Mufradat" by Ibnul Bitar. For each plant mentioned in these books, the scientific , term and generic family were given in addition to giving the name of each plant in Arabic, English, Urdu and Persian, if any. The use of each plant was also given as mentioned in "Al-Qanun" by Ibn Sina.

Secondly: It has set the specifications for about 250 medicinal plants both externally and anatomically. A full report has been made about the microscopic examination of the powder of each  plant, its chemical constant elements, and the percentage of effective ingredients, if any, based on analysis made by the most sophisticated instruments used in the field.

Thirdly: The centre produces about 30 pharmaceutical preparations in their final form in addition to setting their natural, chemical and pharmacopeial specifications.

Fourthly: It has conducted research on the pharmaceuticals it produces in order to prepare scientific explanations of their effects in comparison  with the effects of known chemical materials.