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CILE Virtual Winter School 2022

The Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) held its Virtual Winter School this year in collaboration with Qatar University and McGill University, under the title: 

Genetics, Genomics & Ethics (GenEthics) and the Islamic Tradition

It was hosted by Webex Events on 25-26 January 2022.

This school was a continuation of CILE efforts to critically examine the ethical issues triggered by cutting-edge advancements in genetics and genomics. The speakers of this school explored how scholarly disciplines rooted in the Islamic tradition (e.g., theology, philosophy, and Islamic Law) can contribute to the discourse on GenEthics. Their presentations addressed issues like the interplay of predictive genetics and the metaphysical concept of ghayb (the unseen) in the Islamic tradition, how DNA paternity testing would fit within the Islamic juristic discussions on paternity and lineage (nasab.)



Coming from different specializations, and research interests, the speakers were the following:

  • Michael Benedik (Provost, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU))
  • Emad Shahin (CILE Acting Director, College of Islamic Studies (CIS), Dean, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU))
  • Abdurrahman Helali (College of Sharia and Islamic Studies, Qatar University)
  • Arzoo Ahmed (Genomics England)
  • Ayman Saleh (College of Sharia and Islamic Studies, Qatar University)
  • Ma’n Zawati (Centre of Genomics and Policy, McGill University)
  • Mashael Al-Shafi (Head, Research and Graduate Studies, College of Health Sciences, Qatar University)
  • Mehrunisha Suleman (Oxford Population Health, Ethox, University of Oxford)
  • Mohammed Ghaly (Research Center for Islamic Legislation & Ethics (CILE), Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU))
  • Mutaz al-Khatib (Research Center for Islamic Legislation & Ethics (CILE), Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU))



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