Muslim Health and Bioethics Workshops

Learn more about our newly launched program in which you can request II&M to give Muslim health and Bioethics talks in your local community!

A Mosque-Based Qualitative Study on American Muslim Women’s Organ Donation Beliefs

Check out our recently published paper published in Progress in Transplantation entitled “A Mosque-Based Qualitative Study on American Muslim Women’s Organ Donation Beliefs.”  We sought to explore the relationship between religious beliefs (Islam) and organ donation attitudes through focus groups with 43 Muslim women from 5 Chicago-area mosques. We found that the relationship between religious beliefs and Muslim attitudes toward organ donation is more complex than commonly perceived. Regarding the Islamic ethicolegal permissibility of organ donation, participants expressed a range of normative beliefs. Furthermore, participants voiced concerns beyond religious permissibility, including anxieties over modesty violations during the donation process, as well as concerns about purported black market organ trade and medical risks to donors. Click on the button below to read the full article.

Helping Those You Know

Summer 2019 Intern, Fahad Abbasi is completing his medical degree from Saint James School of Medicine, Anguilla. This past summer, Fahad explored Deceased Directed Donation through an Islamic lens during his internship. You can read his published article on the topic in the Islamic Horizons Magazine by clicking the link down below.

Spiritual Dimensions of Biomedical Research

Dr. Aasim Padela recently contributed to on a chapter, “Spiritual Dimensions of Biomedical Research”  from the recently published book,  A Guide to the Scientific Career: Virtues, Communication, Research and Academic Writing. Click on the button down below to access the full chapter online.

Using Maqasid al- Shari'ah to Furnish an Islamic Bioethics: Conceptual and Practical Issues

Dr. Padela was published a critical response in the journal of Bioethical Inquiry on using the maqasid to develop Islamic Bioethics. 

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