author={Jonathan E. Brockopp},
  journal={Journal of Religious Ethics},
Muslim theologians, jurists, and healthcare workers have been addressing the challenges of modern biotechnology for years. Major textbooks on religion and bioethics cover Islam in one or two articles, offering only a general introduction to these important discussions. The five articles in this issue of the Journal of Religious Ethics, originating from a conference at Pennsylvania State University, are unusual in the specificity of their topics—brain death, feeding tubes, sex selection… 

Religious and cultural legitimacy of bioethics: lessons from Islamic bioethics

  • A. Shabana
  • Philosophy
    Medicine, health care, and philosophy
  • 2013
It is argued that respect for Islamic religious norms is essential for the legitimacy of bioethical standards in the Muslim context, and Islamic (bio) ethics may provide useful insights for comparative ethics and global bioethics.

Islamic Medical Ethics in Brunei Darussalam Hospitals

This chapter seeks to analyse whether Brunei Darussalam's health professionals handle medical ethical cases in a manner that is congruent to the State Mufti's fatāwā, or religious rulings, derived from the ‘ulamā's reasonings that are based on the Qur'ān and the Sunnah.

Abortion in Islamic Ethics, and How it is Perceived in Turkey: A Secular, Muslim Country

  • P. Ekmekci
  • Political Science
    Journal of Religion and Health
  • 2016
The first aim of this paper is to present discussions on abortion in Islamic ethics in the context of major ethical concepts; the legal status of the fetus, respect for life and the right not to be born.

Abortion law in Muslim-majority countries: an overview of the Islamic discourse with policy implications.

  • G. Shapiro
  • Political Science
    Health policy and planning
  • 2014
More lenient abortion laws may be achieved through disabusing individuals that the most authoritative texts unambiguously oppose abortion, highlighting more lenient interpretations that exist in certain Islamic legal schools, emphasizing significant actors that support abortion, and being mindful of policy frames that will not be well-received in Muslim-majority countries.

Assisted reproduction in Indonesia: policy reform in an Islamic culture and developing nation.

  • T. Purvis
  • Political Science
    Reproductive biomedicine online
  • 2015

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Medical Assistance in Dying: Challenges for Muslim Healthcare Professionals

The general attitude towards medical assistance in dying among non-Muslim healthcare professionals remains insufficient and more literature is needed to analyze the attitude of Muslim health caregivers towards medical Assistance in dying.

Reformulating a Comprehensive Relationship between Islam and Science: An Islamic Perspective

Formulation of the relationship between Islam and science has been confused because of misuse and misunderstanding of key terms and their precise context. Which Islam? Which science? If we are aiming

Islamic perspectives on clinical intervention near the end-of-life: We can but must we?

It is argued that traditional Sunni Islamic ethico-legal views on the obligation to seek medical care and Islamic theological concepts of human dignity and inviolability provide the ethical grounds for non-intervention at the end-of-life and can help calibrate goals of care discussions for Muslim patients.

Halal Branding for Medical Tourism: Case of Indian Hospitals

This chapter explores the emergence and development of Halal branded hospitals and medical facilities as a product of Medical Tourism for Muslim patients around the world and in India. Halal tourism



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A consideration of three of the most contentious ethical issues of our time - abortion, war and euthanasia - from the Muslim perspective. Scholars of Islamic studies have collaborated to produce this

Muslim Medical Ethics: From Theory to Practice

An interdisciplinary view of medical ethics in Muslim societies and of the impact of caring for Muslim patients in non-Muslim societies is produced, demonstrating that religiously based cultural norms often inform medical practice, and vice versa, in an ongoing discourse.

Islamic ethics of saving life: a comparative perspective.

It is demonstrated that Islamic theological views, and also traditions on martyrdom and suicide, continue to inform Muslim authorities today and be incorporated into the modern hospital environment.