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Title:Practice and documentation of indigenous medicine among Yoruba Muslim clerics
Author:Jimoh, Ismaheel AkinadeISNI
Periodical:African Notes: Bulletin of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan
Geographic term:Nigeria
traditional medicine
Abstract:The data available suggest that medical practice among Yoruba Muslim clerics in southwestern Nigeria stems from two distinct systems: the Islamic and the indigenous Yoruba. This paper deals with the admixture of medicine in both cultures and the extent of mutual correlation between the two in their material and metaphysical forms, based on Arabic documents on indigenous-cum-Islamic medicines to be found among Yoruba Muslim clerics. The data was collected from Muslim clerics residing in major Yoruba towns like Ibadan, Oyo, Osogbo and Ila. Muslim clerics were once the purveyors of amulets and talismans and they also brought with them manuals on Islamic medicine. The author gives a list and brief survey of some of the more prominent among them. A brief summary of a number of such documents is given. Emphasis is placed on the fact that, though all such documents are written in Arabic script, some of them are transcriptions of Yoruba texts. The bulk of such texts are still highly confidential, as befits the secrecy which surrounds medicine. Bibiliogr., notes, ref.