By Seema Alavi (auth.)
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These traditions were sanctified by being attributed to the Holy Prophet-who may have given medical advice occasionally. This medical tradition referred to the Quran and the Hadith as the highest referents oflegitimacy and transformed tribal Bedouin medical lore into an intrinsic part of the holy legacy of the Prophet. 27This Islamically inspired medical system is referred to by anthropologists and historians as Prophetic medicine, and it competed with the Arabic-Persian or Galenic-driven Unani.
Members of such professional families did not directly participate in nationalist or Muslim politics of the time. They were keener to safeguard their professional space. This adds a new dimension to our understanding of the Muslim politics of the time. It is not insignificant that, even though not actively involved in the Congress or nationalist politics of the period, in 1947 not a single member from the Lucknow family ofhakims opted to migrate to Pakistan. Their story shows that there was no simple march to either a 'secular' territorial nation state or a Muslim separatist one.
The second volume, copied in 1193 hijri, concentrates on amali tibb (practical medicine). It follows Hippocrates' dietetics as a guarantee of health. It offers copious details of comportment, conduct, diet, and deportment that are critical for harmony between individual and society. It argues that proper individual comportment prevents disease and keeps the body healthy. Here health is very clearly about social well being and gentlemanly conduct, in the Persianate style. 60 The third volume discusses surgery, bloodletting, and the diseases of women and children.