Mapping out an Islamic Bioethics: an Intensive Workshop

Aug 1st-3rd 2014

The University of Chicago Law School (Classroom 5)
1111 East 60th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637


Workshop Overview

Hosted by the Initiative on Islam & Medicine within the Program on Medicine and Religion and the Maclean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago, and co-sponsored by the American Islamic College, the 3-day workshop provides an in-depth introduction to the field of Islamic bioethics and will cover key concepts within Islamic theology, law and ethical frameworks as they relate to bioethics. In addition the participant will gain practical skills and tools that enable them to read Islamic bioethics literature and engage in moral reasoning about clinical ethics cases.  Allied health professionals, academic researchers, bioethicists, chaplains, Imams and policy makers all will leave equipped with an enhanced literacy in Islamic bioethics. 

Workshop Learning Objectives

  • Conduct a conceptual review of the actors and producers of Islamic bioethics discourse
  • Introduce the theological and ethico-legal frameworks of the Islamic moral tradition and how they are brought to bear in constructing the field of Islamic bioethics
  • Describe approaches to carrying out Islamic bioethics-related research and the limitations of particular methods and relevant source-materials


Ahsan Arozullah, MD, MPH

Medical Director, Astellas Pharma Global Development and Board of Directors, Darul Qasim Islamic Institute

Shaykh Amin Kholwadia

 Director, Darul Qasim Islamic Institute

Aasim I. Padela, MD, MSc

Course Director

Director, the Initiative on Islam & Medicine; Faculty, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics; Assistant Professor of Medicine, The University of Chicago

Issam Eido, PhD

Visiting Instructor of Islamic Studies and Arabic, University of Chicago Divinity School

Katherine Klima DNP

Former Ethics Fellow,  Maclean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics; Former Doctoral Research Trainee, Initiative on Islam and Medicine

Faisal Qazi DO

Assistant Professor of Neurology, Western University of the Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Islamic Bioethics, Bayan College, Claremont Lincoln University

Daniel Sulmasy MD PhD

Director, Program on Medicine and Religion, Associate Director, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, Professor of Medicine and the Divinity School, The University of Chicago

Ahmed Khitamy MD

 Secretary, National Committee for Bioethics, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

Elham Mireshghi, PhD(c)

Assistant Course Director 

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

Jawad Qureshi PhD(c)

Instructor of Arabic, American Islamic College; PhD Candidate the University of Chicago Divinity School


  Friday 8/1 Saturday 8/2 Sunday 8/3
9:00-10:45am Course Introduction
The Actors and Material of Islamic Bioethics – Padela
Islamic Ethics- From Fiqh to Tasawwuf- Eido
A Foot in Both Worlds: Navigating between a Muslim Healing Ethos and Conventional Clinical Ethics – Klima
  Break (10:45-11:00) Break (10:30-10:45) Break (10:30-10:45)
11:00-12:30pm What is “Islamic” Bioethics? – A Theological Introduction –Padela The Tools of the Islamic Ethico-Legal Tradition (Usul) – Qureshi

Researching and Reading Islamic Bioethics: Approaches & Limitations (10:45-11:45)

Course Feedback (11:45-12:30) Padela

12:30-1:45pm Networking/Jummah Lunch Provided Networking/Break Lunch Provided (12:30-1:30)
2:00-3:15pm The Many Methods of Medical Ethics- Sulmasy Lived Experiences of Muslim Bioethics in Muslim Societies: Mireshghi & Khitamy (1:30-2:30)  
  Break (3:15-3:30) Break (2:30-2:50)  
3:30-5:00pm Case Study: Physician Attitudes, Philosophical Quandaries & Legal Rules Surrounding Brain Death – Padela & Qazi Islamic Ethics- Doctrinal Considerations for a Philosophy of Medicine- Kholwadia (2:50-4:00)  


The workshop has been approved for 15 CME hours by APPNA. For more information, including learning objectives, please visit the APPNA CME event page.

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