OLD ADVICES/TIPS AND HEALTHCARE PRACTICE AS A MALAY LOCAL KNOWLEDGE BASED ON MANUSCRIPT MSS3140 KITAB TIBB

Eizah Mat Hussain, Zahir Ahmad, Tengku Intan Marlina Tengku Mohd Ali, Nur Yuhanis Mohd Nasir, Nurhamizah Hasyim

Abstract


Local knowledge can be considered as a set of information, guide and knowledge which is passed down from one generation to another as a living strategy and symbolises a uniqueness of a race. In the context of Malay people, it is a result of interaction and response of Malay community to the environment as a means to live and ways it could be beneficial for the community. This research is meant to study old advices or tips (petua) and practices (amalan) in traditional Malay medicine as written in Kitab Tibb; an old Malay manuscript. The study material is obtained from the National Library of Malaysia using the code MS3140. This research is a qualitative research and most of the time is spent by doing literature studies. The research also involves transliteration work on the Kitab Tibb from Jawi script to Roman and the data is analysed focusing on the tips and health practice which are gathered from the manuscript. The research findings show that element of local knowledge existed in the manuscript are about treating common health issues/illness among the Malays in the past, either from external or internal. This research is initiated by the will to understand historical, culture, wisdom, life experience and Malay weltanchauung in the context of medical field.

Keywords


Local knowledge,; Kitab Tibb; traditional Malay medicine; old advice; tips (petua); healthcare practice (amalan)

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.24815/.v1i1.14404

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