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New CILE Publication: Islamic Perspectives on the Principles of Biomedical Ethics

New CILE Publication*

During the period 5-7 January 2013, the Research Center for Islamic Legislation & Ethics (CILE) organized an international seminar for examining the Islamic perspectives on the principles of biomedical ethics. The proceedings of this seminar led to Islamic Perspectives on the Principles of Biomedical Ethics, a new refereed publication issued in collaboration with two reputable academic publishers, namely Imperial College Press and Word Scientific.

Islamic Perspectives on the Principles of Biomedical Ethics is an edited volume which contains some of the papers presented during the aforementioned seminar in addition to other papers which were written after the seminar. The volume is divided into three main parts:

  • Part I (Methodological Issues)
  • Part II (Principles of Biomedical Ethics)
  • Part III (Islamic Perspectives on the Principles of Biomedical Ethics)

The volume is edited by Dr. Mohammed Ghaly who moderated the seminar when he was affiliated with Leiden University at the time of the seminar and he is currently Professor of Islam and Biomedical Ethics. 

  • More information about the seminar is available here
  • More information about the books and how to purchase it is available here and here


Main Contents of the volume "Islamic Perspectives on the Principles of Biomedical Ethics"


Methodological Issues:

  • Deliberations within the Islamic Tradition on Principle-Based Bioethics: An Enduring Task (Mohammed Ghaly)
  • The 'Bio' in Biomedicine: Evolution, Assumptions, and Ethical Implications (Muna Ali)
  • Maqāṣid-Based Approach for New Independent Legal Reasoning (Ijtihād(Jasser Auda)

Principles of Biomedical Ethics:

  • The Principles of Biomedical Ethics as Universal Principles (Tom L Beauchamp)
  • Response by Ali Al-Qaradaghi to Tom Beauchamp's Paper (Ali Al-Qaradaghi)
  • The Principles of Biomedical Ethics Revisited (Annelien L Bredenoord)
  • Script of Oral Discussions (Day 1, Session 3)
  • Script of Oral Discussions (Day 2, Session 3)

Islamic Perspectives on the Principles of Biomedical Ethics:

  • Ethics in Medicine: A Principle-Based Approach in Light of the Higher Objectives (Maqāṣid) of Sharia (Ahmed Raissouni)
  • Response by Hassan Chamsi-Pasha to Raissouni's Paper (Hassan Chamsi-Pasha)
  • Script of Oral Discussions (Day 1, Session 2)
  • Governing Principles of Islamic Ethics in Medicine (Abdul Sattar Abu Ghuddah)
  • Response by Hassan Chamsi-Pasha to Abu Ghuddah's Paper (Hassan Chamsi-Pasha)
  • Script of Oral Discussions (Day 1, Session 1)
  • Formulating Ethical Principles in Light of the Higher Objectives of Sharia and Their Criteria (Ali Al-Qaradaghi)
  • Script of Oral Discussions (Day 3, Session 3)
  • Script of Concluding Discussions: Part One (Day 2: Session 1 and Session 2)
  • Script of Concluding Discussions: Part Two (Day 3: Session 1 and Session 2)


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*Please note the biographical note of the contributing author Dr. Muna Ali is missing in the printed version. Please find this biographical note, as received from the author, here below:

Muna Ali holds a Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology from Arizona State University. She is a faculty associate at the School of Politics and Global Studies and a visiting researcher at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University in the United States. She is also a licensed physical therapist and an assistant professor of physical therapy at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.  Her research interests include the social and cultural aspects of health, integrative medicine, immigration and religion in public, and Islam/Muslims in the United States and Europe.

She has authored articles or book chapters on Arab and Muslim Americans, the Qur’an in American Muslim life, the transformative power of the arts, and a forthcoming monograph tentatively titled "YOUNG MUSLIM AMERICA: Faith, Community, and Belonging" (Oxford University Press). She also has authored articles on Islamic ethics and coauthored on bioethics.  Additionally, she is a community organizer who cofound and serves on the board of directors of several community organizations.

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Submitted by Mohamed Nasmi on Tue, 11/08/2016 - 16:37


Academical openness and moral demanding As a doctor I knew that our system modified in the basis of "academically competitive but morally free.... It's completely wrong approach... Bcs we are dealing with human life...wellbeing of human being.... Power role nothing to do with saving humanity.... Indeed we knew that We can't save all life...we are the player ....we did as much as possible with the higher intention of saving life... So the objective per se doesn't solely demanding intellectual capacity but questioning the intention.if we see the patient as a diagnostic challenge and see as "case" I thing we miss the point... What's the objective? Yes as a Doctor we practice with higher objectives... But in the grass root level when we teach to the students we emphasize and grow up the "competitive mindset ".Its nothing to do with the objective will surely reflect in our growing mindset... We are academically very productive but not willing to serve to community... With fully convinced mind...We do everything for sake of job,money,titles.... Are we trying to become a god...or try to preserve our place.... I thing we cheat everyone of us So our objective should be intellectually free... We have to try to make the students well equipped not by putting overload and demanding them but with complete back support intellectually and psychologically. Because in the name of good objective if we push the people to do something in a harsh way that won't work...As much as possible we have minimize the risk and give complete dignity. At the time we should be more strict on the moral obligations and objective and Haman values...It should be assessed u think it's look like more conservative or religious approach of course yes.. If we define our objective in the name of human values this is the only rational & logical way... As a student I'm completely knew one fact that our students don't feel comfortable..they are not willing to save humanity..they don't feel comfortable... Not only physically but psychologically... They don't feel they have real what's the point of teaching.. Surely we are pushing very hardly to become a such a doctor.....I don't thing their mindset adapt with higher objective.... End of the day we are running behind the job market and compete with private practice.... Medical schools are responsible

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