New Normal Movement

What is the New Normal Movement?
We are starting an exciting project aimed atunderstanding the healthcare needs of Muslim patients with regard to hospital accommodations with the hopes of affecting change to hospital policies in your region. This is a great opportunity to get involved in unique research that will benefit the Muslim community (See previous focus group).

Why is this important?
Muslim participation in health research is low. By being involved in this study you will help us push for health care that better serves Muslims in the U.S.

How will this benefit you?

  • Gain valuable quantitative research experience that will improve your skills and your resume
  • After the survey distribution phase, have the opportunity to run data analysis, compile hospital policy protocols, and publish manuscripts as first person author
  • Mentorship and support from the Islam and Medicine
  • Share in the reward from Allah (SWT) for your intentions and any good that results from this research
  • Opportunity to get involved in future projects

When can Muslims withdraw or withhold life support?

Check out our recently published paper published in Journal of Global Bioethics entitled “When can Muslims withdraw or withhold life support? A narrative review of Islamic juridical rulings.”  The paper is a product of collaboration between Dr. Aasim Padela, Dr. Mehrunisa Suleman, Dr. Afshan Moihuddin, and Dr. Shoaib Rasheed. Click on the button below to read the full article.

Producing Parenthood: Islamic Bioethical Perspectives & Normative Implications

Check out our recently published paper published in New Bioethics entitled “Producing Parenthood: Islamic Bioethical Perspectives & Normative Implications.”  The paper is a product of collaboration between UNESCO Bioethics Chair, Dr. Aasim Padela, II&M Post-Doctoral Scholar, Dr. Rosie Duivenbode, and Katherine Klima, former MacLean Ethics Fellow. Click on the button below to read the full article.

The Moral Status of Organ Donation and Transplantation within Islamic Law: The Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA)'s Position

Check out our recently published paper published in Transplantation Direct entitled “The Moral Status of Organ Donation and Transplantation within Islamic Law: The Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA)’s Position.”  The paper describes the collective ‘ijtihad process anoutlines FCNA’s position on the matter of organ donation.

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.

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!

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The Initiative on Islam and Medicine (II&M) at the University of Chicago aspires to become the leading center for study and dialogue at the intersection of the Islamic tradition and biomedicine.

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