Islam and Biomedicine

Multidisciplinary Symposium and Organ Donation Intensive


Sept 8-10, 2018

Gordon Center, University of Chicago


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 on the one hand, and biomedicine on the other
  • How theological and metaphysical constructs within Islam interfere with the science and practice of medicine
The workshop, supported by the Chicago Muslim Medical Alliance, will provide an in-depth conceptual introduction to the Islamic perspectives on the organ donation debate and will examine:
  • The practical and theological ethics of organ donation in Muslim contexts and from an Islamic perspective
  • Cover key concepts within Islamic theology, law and ethical frameworks as they relate to bioethics

Symposium Schedule

View the symposium schedule here.  Watch the symposium videos here.

Workshop Intensive Schedule

View the one day intensive schedule here. Watch the symposium videos here

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Networking Dinner 


Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed
University of Oxford

Prof. Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti
University of Oxford

Dr. Abdullah Aljoudi
Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal Univ.

Dr. Talia Baker
University of Chicago

Dr. Rosie Duivenbode
University of Chicago

Dr. Elham Mireshghi
University of Chicago

Dr. Michael Murray
John Templeton Foundation

Dr. Aasim I. Padela
University of Chicago

Prof. Peter E. Pormann
University of Manchester

Prof. Omar Qureshi
Zaytuna College

Prof. Ahmed Ragab
Harvard University

Dr. Rafaqat Rashid
AlBalagh Academy

Prof. Abdulaziz Sachedina
George Mason University

Dr. Milda Saunders
University of Chicago

Prof. Ayman Shabana
Georgetown University

Shaykh Zulfiqar Ali Shah
Islamic Society of Milwaukee

Dr. Mehrunisha Suleman
University of Cambridge

Shaykh Dr. Asim Yusuf
Royal College of Psychiatrists

Thank you to Our Sponsors!



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 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.

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