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Mapping out an Islamic Bioethics

An Intensive Workshop

Aug 1st-3rd 2014
The University of Chicago Law School (Classroom 5)
1111 East 60th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Workshop Overview

Hosted by the Initiative on Islam & Medicine within the Program on Medicine and Religion and the Maclean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago, and co-sponsored by the American Islamic College, the 3-day workshop provides an in-depth introduction to the field of Islamic bioethics and will cover key concepts within Islamic theology, law and ethical frameworks as they relate to bioethics. In addition the participant will gain practical skills and tools that enable them to read Islamic bioethics literature and engage in moral reasoning about clinical ethics cases.  Allied health professionals, academic researchers, bioethicists, chaplains, Imams and policy makers all will leave equipped with an enhanced literacy in Islamic bioethics. 

Workshop Learning Objectives

  1. Conduct a conceptual review of the actors and producers of Islamic bioethics discourse
  2. Introduce the theological and ethico-legal frameworks of the Islamic moral tradition and how they are brought to bear in constructing the field of Islamic bioethics
  3. Describe approaches to carrying out Islamic bioethics-related research and the limitations of particular methods and relevant source-materials


Ahsan Arozullah, MD, MPH – Medical Director, Astellas Pharma Global Development and Board of Directors, Darul Qasim Islamic Institute

Issam Eido, PhD – Visiting Instructor of Islamic Studies and Arabic, University of Chicago Divinity School

Ahmed Khitamy MD – Secretary, National Committee for Bioethics, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

Shaykh Amin Kholwadia – Director, Darul Qasim Islamic Institute

Katherine Klima DNP – Former Ethics Fellow,  Maclean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics; Former Doctoral Research Trainee, Initiative on Islam and Medicine

Elham Mireshghi, PhD(c)Assistant Course Director  – Doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

Aasim I. Padela, MD, MScCourse Director – Director, the Initiative on Islam & Medicine; Faculty, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics; Assistant Professor of Medicine, The University of Chicago

Faisal Qazi DO – Assistant Professor of Neurology, Western University of the Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Islamic Bioethics, Bayan College, Claremont Lincoln University

Jawad Qureshi PhD(c) – Instructor of Arabic, American Islamic College; PhD Candidate the University of Chicago Divinity School

Daniel Sulmasy MD PhD – Director, Program on Medicine and Religion, Associate Director, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, Professor of Medicine and the Divinity School, The University of Chicago


Saturday 8/2

Break (10:30-10:45)

  • 11:00-12:30pm – The Tools of the Islamic Ethico-Legal Tradition (Usul) – Qureshi
  • 12:30-1:30pm – Networking/Break Lunch Provided
  • 1:30-2:30pm – Lived Experiences of Muslim Bioethics in Muslim Societies: Mireshghi & Khitamy

Break (3:15-3:30)

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