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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.


Ahsan Arozullah, MD, MPH

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

Susan Cochran, MA

Donation Specialist, Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network

Issam Eido, PhD

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

Obadah Ghannam, MBBS

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

Elham Mireshghi, PhD(c)

Assistant Course Director
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

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

Omar Qureshi, PhD(c)

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

Shoaib Rasheed, DO(c)

DO Candidate, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

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): VideoSlides

  • 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): VideoSlides

  • 12:45-1:45pm – Networking / Jummah [Lunch Provided]

  • 2:00-3:00pmHealth Risk Assessment: Examining the Reasoning Exercises of Medical Experts and Islamic Legists (Sh. Omar Qureshi): VideoSlides

Friday, June 5

  • 8:30-9:00am – Registration and Check-in [Refreshments Provided]
  • 9:00-10:00amEthical Issues in Living Organ Donor Transplant (Mark Siegler, MD): VideoSlides

  • 10:00-10:15am – Break

  • 10:15-11:15amThe Process and Procedures of Organ Donation and Transplant (Susan Cochran, MA): Slides

  • 11:20-12:30pmIslamic Legal Views on Organ Donation: A View from Fiqh Councils (Obadah Ghannam, MBBS): VideoSlides

  • 12:35-1:40pmMuslim Medical Ethics, Fatwas, and the Diversity of Ulama (Aasim Padela, MD, MSc & Shoaib Rasheed, DO(c)): Video

  • 1:45-2:50pm – Facilitated Networking Session [Lunch Provided]

  • 3:00-3:50pmShia Opinions Regarding Organ Donation and Transplant (Elham Mireshghi, PhD(c)): Video pt 1Video pt 2Slides

  • 3:55-4:55pmThe 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]
  • 9:00-10:15amThe 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 ([email protected]) for a discount code for registration.

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