2nd Annual Islamic Bioethics Workshop

June 5th-7th, 2015

Biological Sciences Learning Center, Rm. 008

924 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637


Workshop Overview

Hosted by the Initiative on Islam & Medicine within the Program on Medicine and Religion at the University of Chicago, and co-sponsored by the American Islamic College, this 3-day workshop provides an in-depth conceptual introduction to the field of Islamic bioethics and will examine the practical and theological ethics of organ donation in Muslim contexts and from an Islamic perspective. As we cover key concepts within Islamic theology, law and ethical frameworks as they relate to bioethics, participants will gain skills that enable them to read Islamic bioethics literature and engage in moral reasoning about clinical ethics cases.

Workshop Learning Objectives

  • Identify the major sources of Islamic normativity with respect to the nascent field of Islamic bioethics.
  • Discuss critical concepts of Islamic theology and doctrinal positions that underpin Islamic moral frameworks.
  • Describe the Islamic ethico-legal perspectives on the permissibility of organ donation and transplantation.
  • Review the extant literature regarding Muslim attitudes and behaviors with respect to organ donation.


Allied healthcare professionals and trainees, chaplains, religious leaders, bioethics professionals, and researchers interested in the intersection of Islam, bioethics and biomedicine.


Details about the speakers and their talks can be found here.

Ahsan Arozullah, MD, MPH

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

Obadah Ghannam, MBBS

Trustee & Head of Research, Centre for Islam and Medicine, and Honorary Research Fellow, University of Warwick, United Kingdom  

Omar Qureshi, PhD(c)

Doctoral Candidate, Loyola University Chicago, and Principal, Islamic Foundation School 

Susan Cochran, MA

Donation Specialist, Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network

Elham Mireshghi, PhD(c)

Assistant Course Director 

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

Shoaib Rasheed, DO(c)

DO Candidate, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Issam Eido, PhD

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

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

Mark Siegler, MD

Director, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics; Executive Director, Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence; Lindy Bergman Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Surgery, The University of Chicago


  Friday, June 5
8:30-9:00am Registration and Check-in [Refreshments Provided]
9:00-10:15am **Course Introduction: The Actors and Materials of “Islamic” Bioethics (Aasim Padela, MD, MSc): Video, Slides
10:15-10:30am Break
10:30-11:30am **Constructing an “Islamic” Bioethics? Critical Concepts from Theology and Law (Aasim Padela, MD, MSc)
11:40-12:40pm **Islamic Ethics: From Fiqh to Tasawwuf (Issam Eido, PhD): Video, Slides
12:45-1:45pm Networking / Jummah [Lunch Provided]
2:00-3:00pm Health Risk Assessment: Examining the Reasoning Exercises of Medical Experts and Islamic Legists (Sh. Omar Qureshi): Video, Slides
  Saturday, June 6
8:30-9:00am Registration and Check-in [Refreshments Provided]
9:00-10:00am Ethical Issues in Living Organ Donor Transplant (Mark Siegler, MD): Video, Slides
10:00-10:15am Break
10:15-11:15am The Process and Procedures of Organ Donation and Transplant (Susan Cochran, MA): Slides
11:20-12:30pm Islamic Legal Views on Organ Donation: A View from Fiqh Councils (Obadah Ghannam, MBBS): Video, Slides
12:35-1:40pm Muslim Medical Ethics, Fatwas, and the Diversity of Ulama (Aasim Padela, MD, MSc & Shoaib Rasheed, DO(c)): Video, Slides
1:45-2:50pm Facilitated Networking Session [Lunch Provided]
3:00-3:50pm Shia Opinions Regarding Organ Donation and Transplant (Elham Mireshghi, PhD(c)): Video pt 1, Video pt 2, Slides
3:55-4:55pm The Contexts of Organ Donation- Insights from Anthropological Research (Elham Mireshghi, PhD(c)): Video
  Sunday, June 7
8:30-9:00am Registration and Check-in [Refreshments Provided]
9:00-10:15am The Role of Muslim Physicians in Islamic Bioethics Discourse (Ahsan Arozullah, MD, MPH): Slides
10:15-10:30am Break
10:30-11:30am Applied Islamic Bioethics: Facilitated Case Discussion (Elham Mireshghi, PhD(c))
11:40-12:40pm Wrap-up Session: Conceptual Review and Feedback (Aasim Padela, MD, MSc)


* The schedule remains preliminary and is subject to change.

** These three lectures were featured in previous workshops held in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Chicago. The present workshop builds on the previous iterations. Participants of previous workshops should email Tasmiha Khan (tkhan@bsd.uchicago.edu) for a discount code for registration.

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