Kitāb Shifā al-Asqām al-Āriḍat min al-Ẓahir wa al-Bāṭin min al-Ajsām/the Book of Healing from internal and external diseases affecting the body

Documentary heritage submitted by Mali and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2017.

The ‘Kitāb Shifā al-Asqām al-Āriḍat min al-Ẓahir wa al-Bāṭin min al-Ajsām/the Book of Healing from internal and external diseases affecting the body’ is a manuscript written by a native of Timbuktu named Sayyid Ahmad al-Raqqàd (or al-Raqqàdi) al-Kunti (1096/1684). The document refers to the different temperaments and qualities of animals, birds, medicinal plants, mining products, but also wound care and surgery. The matter dealt with in this book goes beyond the medical field to encompass the magic and, beyond the treatment of souls and bodies, meet the expectations of human regarding his/her ion earth and provide it with a form of harmony with its environment. Thus, the author addresses issues such as exorcism, the rejection of the evil influence of the envious, the restoration of harmony between husband and wife, the removal of evil spirits, divination practices conducive to good harvest, the fight against infertility, looking for lost items etc.

  • Year of submission: 2016 
  • Year of inscription: 2017
  • Country: Mali
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