Brunei Malay traditional medicine: persistence in the face of Western medicine and Islamic orthodoxy

Virginie Roseberg

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Abstract

This thesis analyzes the continuing demand amongst some Brunei Malays for practitioners of traditional medicine, although they are increasingly vilified by representatives of Western medicine and Islamic reformists. Their traditional multi-dimensional approach to illness etiology and treatment has survived the encroachment of Western medicine. The campaigns conducted in Brunei by the State-backed reformist movement since independence against the "superstitious beliefs" and "heretical practices" of Brunei Malay traditional medicine have only had a limited success, as the services traditional healers offer respond to social, personal and psychological needs that Western medicine, orthodox religion and Islamic medicine fail to fulfill.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Award date29 Jun 2017
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2017

Embargo information

  • Embargoed from 29/06/2017 to 29/12/2019. Made publicly available on 23/01/2019.

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