Multidisciplinary Symposium on Islam and Biomedicine


Sept 8-9, 2018

Gordon Center, University of Chicago

Symposium Overview

By bringing together an international cohort of academicians, clinicians, and Islamic seminarians, this symposium and workshop aims to fill a major lacuna within academic discourse on the scholastic traditions of Islam and the human sciences. The symposium, sponsored by the Templeton Foundation and co-organized in collaboration with the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, will focus on the relationships between Islamic theology and metaphysics in addition to how theological and metaphysical constructs within Islam interfere with the science and practice of medicine.

Welcoming Remarks

Dr. Aasim I. Padela
University of Chicago

Medical Knowledge and Concepts of Health in Medieval Islamic History

Prof. Peter E. Pormann
University of Manchester

Prof. Ahmed Ragab
Harvard University

Interfaces Between Biomedical Knowledge and Islamic Epistemology

Prof. Ayman Shabana
Georgetown University

Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed
University of Oxford

Dr. Aasim I. Padela
University of Chicago

Keynote Address: A Ghazalian Approach to Integrating Science and Theology

Prof. Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti
University of Oxford

The Soul, The Psyche, and The Reality of Death: Bridging Philosophy, Theology, and Lived Tradition 

Dr. Mehrunisha Suleman
University of Cambridge

Shaykh Dr. Asim Yusuf
Royal College of Psychiatrists

Dr. Rafaqat Rashid
AlBalagh Academy

Keynote Address: Reconsidering Religion vs Science Debate

Prof. Omar Qureshi
Zaytuna College

Thank you to Our Sponsors!



 This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Islamic Medical Association of North America and University of Chicago. The Islamic Medical Association of North America is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.The Professional Development Program at SSA is a licensed State of Illinois provider of Continuing Education for social workers (LSW/LCSW), clinical psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors (LPC/LCPC). License #s 159.000140, 168.000115, and 268.000004. This program satisfies the State of Illinois cultural competence requirement for social workers.