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Nominee Profile

Name: Prof. Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman
State:Uttar Pradesh
Category: Muslim Writer of the Year
Total Votes: 96

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List of the nominee's achievements:

1. Prof. Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman is well known for his contribution to Unani medicine. He founded Ibn Sina Academy of Medieval Medicine and Sciences in 2000. He has earlier served as Professor and Chairman, Department of Ilmul Advia at the Ajmal Khan Tibbiya College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, for over 40 years before retiring as Dean Faculty of Unani Medicine.
2. By his personal efforts made the Department of Ilmul Advia, Ajmal Khan Tibbia College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh as a center of excellence. A new building of the department with all modern facilities in the laboratories was constructed under his able guidance and chairmanship. He raised both name and fame of this department at national and international level.
3. He assisted in the establishment of Ibn Sina Tibbia College at Beenapara, Azamgarh of which he laid the foundation stone on January 25, 1981.
4. He was appointed honorary visiting professor at Hamdard University (Pakistan) in 1997 and have further been awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters at a graduation ceremony in 2013.
5. The Government of India conferred him with Padma Shri award in 2006 for his contribution in the field of Unani Medicine.

The impact and influence the nominee had on the Muslim word:

1. He established his personal library-cum-museum in 1960s, that became a part of ‘Shifa-al Mulk Hakim Abdul Latif Memorial Committee’ in 1970. 2. After the establishment of Ibn Sina Academy of Medieval Medicine and Sciences in 2000, this library and museum have now become a part of the academy. 3. The library at present houses one of the most precious and valuable collection of 20,000 printed books, 500 manuscripts, some rare books, microfilms, compact discs, a large number of periodicals and manuscript catalogues. Books in many languages like Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Sanskrit and English on a variety of subjects like History of Medicine and History of Science, Unani, Medieval medicine, Ilmul Advia (Pharmacology), Urdu Literature are also extant in this library. In addition, there is a Publication Division under the Shifaul Mulk Hakim Abdul Latif Memorial Committee, Centre for Safety & Rational Use of Indian Systems of Medicine, Ibn Sina Shifakhana, AIDS Cell & Ghalib Study Centre.

The impact and influence the nominee had on the world and humanity:

1. The Museum that he established is listed in the 'World's 10 weirdest medical museums', as per CNN Travel (
2. The Library that he founded is listed in the Directory of History of Medicine Collections, United States Department of Health and Human Services, National Library of Medicine, NIH (
3. AIDS Cell of the academy is dedicated to improving lives, knowledge, and understanding worldwide through a highly diversified programme of research, education, and services in HIV/AIDS screening and prevention, care and treatment, reproductive health and infectious diseases. AIDS Cell is a partner member of Global Health Council (USA) and the AIDS-Care-Watch Campaign (Thailand). It has a separate library of documents relevant to HIV/AIDS project management, research, and reproductive health issues apart from CD-ROMs, poster and books in several languages.

How the nominee’s activities and achievement will continue to impact and influence in the future:

He has bequeathed all his collections and books to a trust (registered trust under Indian Trusts Act), that will continue to impact and influence in the future.

List of any references that support the nomination, i.e books, magazaines, websites, ..etc

1. He edited 'Al-Hikmat' (Monthly Unani Literary Magazine) from 1965-1970 and has been editing Newsletter of Ibn Sina Academy (Quarterly newsletter) since 2001.
2. He authored 45 important books highly cited in the field of Unani Medicine and History of Medicine. Following is the list of important books that he authored:

1. Daur Jadeed Aur Tibb, 1963.[4] (Book in Urdu on Modern times and Unani medicine)
2. Tarikh llm Tashrih, 1967. (Book in Urdu on History of anatomy)
3. Ilmul Amraz, 1969. (Based on Avicenna's tract on Pathology in Urdu)
4. Resalah Judia, 1971. (Based on Avicenna's tested Prescriptions in Urdu)
5. Tajdeed Tibb, 1972. (Book in Urdu on Unani medicine)
6. Bayaz Waheedi, 1974. (Book in Urdu on Prescriptions and formulations by Hakim Abdul Waheed)
7. Matab Murtaish, 1976. (Book in Urdu on Unani Formularies used by Azizi Family of Lucknow)
8. Tazkerah Khandan Azizi 1978. (Book in Urdu on History of Azizi Family of Unani medicine)
9. Kitabul Murakkabat 1980. (Book in Urdu on Pharmaceutical formulation of Unani medicine)
10. Safvi Ahad Main Ilm Tashreeh Ka Mutala, 1983. (Book in Urdu on Studies of History of anatomy during Safavid dynasty)
11. Hayat Karam Hussain, 1983.[5] (Biography of Hakim Syed Karam Husain in Urdu)
12. The Azizi Family of Physicians, 1983. (Book in English on Azizi Family of Unani medicine)
13. Aligarh Key Tibbi Makhtootat, 1984. (Book in Urdu on Manuscripts of Unani medicine extant in Aligarh)
14. Qanoon lbn Sina Aur Uskey Shareheen wa Mutarjemeen, 1986.[6] (Based on references and translations of the works of Ibn Sina in Urdu)
15. Risalah Nabidh (Edited with Facsimile), 1986. (Book in Urdu and Arabic on Nabidh by Qusta ibn Luqa)
16. Tibb Firoz Shahi, 1990. (Book in Urdu on Unani medicine during Firuz Shah Tughlaq)
17. Research in Ilmul Advia, 1990. (Book in English on Research in Unani Pharmacology)
18. Risalah Atrilal, 1993. (Book in Arabic on Treatise on Ammi majus Linn)
19. Studies in Ilmul Advia, 1994. (Book in English on Studies on Unani Pharmacology)
20. Dilli aur Tibb Unani, 1995.[7] (Book in Urdu on History of Unani medicine in Delhi)
21. AI-Advia al-Qalbia, 1996. (Book in Urdu on Avicenna's treatise on Cardiac drugs)
22. Iran Nama, 1998. (Iran Travelogue / Travel journal in Urdu)
23. Tibbi Taqdame, 2001. (Based on Prefaces written for many books of other Unani scholars in Urdu)
24. Aina-e Tarikh Tibb, 2001. (Based on chapters written on History of Unani medicine in Urdu)
25. Asmaul Advia, 2002 (Based on Names of Pharmaceutics in Unani medicine in Urdu)
26. Maqalat Shifaul Mulk Hakim Abdul Latif, 2002 (Based on Unani articles written by Shifaul Mulk Hakim Abdul Latif in Urdu)
27. Hakim Ajmal Khan, 2004 (Biography of Hakim Ajmal Khan in Urdu and Hindi)
28. Persian Translation of Qanun Ibn Sina aur uskey Shirehin wa Mutarjamin, 2004 (Based on references and translations of the works of Ibn Sina in Persian)
29. Safar Nama Bangladesh, 2006 (Bangladesh Travelogue / Travel journal in Urdu
30. Jawami Kitab Al-Nabd Al-Saghir by Galen, 2007 (Based on Galen's treatise on arterial and venous pulse in Urdu and Arabic)
31. Risalah Fi Auja Al Niqris by Qusta Ibn Luqa, 2007 (Based on Al Niqris by Qusta ibn Luqa in Urdu and Arabic)
32. Ainul Hayat by Mohammad Ibn Yusuf Harawi, 2007 (Based on Ageing and senile problems by Muhammad ibn Yusuf al-Harawi in Urdu and Arabic)
33. Rislah fil Nabidh, 2007 (Based on Arabic translation by Qusta ibn Luqa on Treatise of Nabidh by Rufus of Ephesus in Urdu and Arabic)
34. Kitab al Anasir by Galen, 2008 (Based on al Anasir by Galen in Urdu and Arabic)
35. Kitab Al Mizaj by Galen, 2008 (Based on Theory of temperament and Four humours by Galen in Urdu and Arabic)
36. Kitab fi Firaq al Tibb by Galen 2008 (Based on a book fi al Firaq by Galen in Urdu and Arabic)
37. Tazkira Atibba-e-Asr, 2010 (Biographies of Unani scholars of contemporary age in Urdu)
38. Post Graduate Education, Research Methodology and Manuscript Studies in Unani Medicine, 2011 (Edited Book in English on Research methodology in Unani medicine)
39. Ross Masud, 2011 (Book on the Biography of Ross Masood in Urdu)
40. Mîzân-i Harf, 2012 (Book based on essays and chapters on the life of Syed Amin Ashraf)
41. Risalah Khizab, 2013 (Book on traditional hair colours/dyes)
42. Hararathia Gharizia 2013