Working Group Session 5


Friday, March 6, 2015



8:30am – 9:30am


9:35am – 10:45am

Session 1: Power-point Reviews and Mock Runs

Papers 1: Sh. Omar, Dr. Ahsan, Sh. Jihad and Dr. Aasim

Paper 2: Dr. Ahsan

10:45am – 11:45am

Session 2: What do we need the ontology of soul to explain? The doctrinal and theology ‘utility’ of the soul in Islam – Sh. Amin

Response: Sh. Jihad

11:45pm – 12:45pm

Session 3: Modern Scientific Understandings of the Brain- Dr. Faisal and Dr. Yasir

12:45 – 2:00pm


2:00pm – 3:00pm


3:00pm – 4:00pm

Session 4: Assessing Functions of the Brain and Capacities of the Soul Through Our Epistemological Rubric – Sh. Omar

4:00pm – 4:15pm


4:15pm – 5:45pm

Attend Panel Session:
Brain, Mind and Soul: Advances in Clinical and Scientific Approaches to Brain-Mind Health and Spirituality

Megan Oser, PhD, Harvard Medical School

David Vago, PhD, Harvard Medical School

John Peteet, MD, Harvard Medical School

Moderator: David Silbersweig, MD, Harvard Medical School

5:45pm – 6:45pm



Meet in Lobby for Dinner


Attend Discussion Session [Optional]

A Discussion on Funding the Field of Religion, Spirituality, and Health – Opportunities and Tensions

Templeton Foundation

Harold Koenig, MD

Christina Puchalski, MD, MS

Alexandra Shields, PhD


Saturday, March 7, 2015



7:30am – 8:00am

Continental Breakfast

8:00am – 9:00am

Attend Conference Talks:

The Role of Muslim Ontology in Defining a Schema of Causes and Means of Healing

Ahsan Arozullah, MD, MPH, Darul Qasim

Sufi Metaphysics and the Virtue of Humility/Modesty in Medical Practice

Shahram Ahmadi Nasab Emran, MD, PhD(c), Saint Louis University

9:10am – 10:00am

Session 5: Group Review on Q2- What is the Soul and how are its capacities manifested bodily?

10:00am – 10:50am

Session 6:  Facilitated Review of Paper Outlines from 

Dr. Faisal and Sh. Jihad

10:50am – 11:15am



Attend Plenary 1:

In what sense is illness a spiritual and/or religious experience?

Margaret Mohrmann, MD, PhD

Ahsan Arozullah, MD, MPH

Saul Berman, JD

12:45pm – 1:30pm

Working Lunch: Discussion of the PMR Conference Talks

OR An “Islamic” Science and Responses to Scientism – Salman Jafri

1:30pm – 2:15pm

Session 7: Abstract Preparation for ISNA


Attend Plenary 2:

How should particular spiritual and religious needs of patients be addressed and by whom?

Margaret Mohrmann, MD, PhD

Ahsan Arozullah, MD, MPH

Saul Berman, JD

3:45pm – 4:00pm


4:00pm – 5:15pm

Present Panel Session:

Health Risk Assessment: Examining the Similarities between the Reasoning Exercises of Medical Experts and Islamic Legists

Ahsan Arozullah, MPH, MD, Darul Qasim Islamic Institute

Shaykh Omar Qureshi, PhD(c), Loyola University

Moderator: Aasim Padela, MD, University of Chicago

5:30pm– 5:45pm


6:00pm – 7:00pm


6:15pm – 8:45pm

Arthur Kleinman, MD, MA Keynote [optional]

Sunday, March 8, 2015




Continental Breakfast


Attend Conference Talks [Optional]

Healing Body and Soul In the Jewish Tradition- The Role of the Physician
Peter Kahn, MD(c), MPH(c), ThM(c), Harvard University

Asymmetric Spiritual Gains in the Physician-Patient Relationship: An Islamic Perspective
Abbas Rattani, Mbe, MD(c), Meharry Medical College

9:45am – 10:45 am

Session 8: Problems” of Assessing Spiritual Realities Through Empirical Science – Dr. Aasim

10:45am – 11:30am

Session 9: An “Islamic” Science and Responses to Scientism – Salman Jafri

11:30am – 1pm

Checkout and Zuhr

1:15pm – 2:30pm

Lunch: Logistics/Timelines