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Islamic Bioethics Symposium

Exploring the Ethical Dimensions of Mental, Reproductive and Sexual Health

October 21, 2019

Gordon Center for Integrative Sciences – The University of Chicago

Symposium Overview

The Initiative on Islam and Medicine at the University of Chicago is a leading forum for discourse and scholarship at the intersection of medicine and religion. On October 21, 2019, we are partnering with the Fifth Islam and Bioethics International Conference (following Haifa University 2001, Penn State University 2006, Ankara Turkey 2010, and Coimbra Portugal 2015) to explore the normative and ethical dimensions of Muslim mental, reproductive and sexual health. This joint, one-day symposium will complement our landmark three-day conference focused on Muslim health disparities, “Advancing Muslim American Health Priorities (A-MAP).” Our 2019 Islamic Bioethics Symposium is preceded by a number of conferences and workshops that II&M has hosted over the years. Learn more about some of our previous events below:

Symposium Overview

Keynote Speaker:

Rania Awaad, MD

Rania Awaad, M.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine where she is the Director of the Muslim Mental Health Lab and Wellness Program and Co-Director of the Diversity Clinic. She pursued her psychiatric residency training at Stanford where she also completed a postdoctoral clinical research fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Her research and clinical work are focused on the mental health needs of Muslims. Her courses at Stanford range from teaching a pioneering course on Islamic Psychology, instructing medical students and residents on implicit bias and integrating culture and religion into medical care to teaching undergraduate and graduate students the psychology of xenophobia. Her most recent academic publications include an edited volume on “Islamophobia and Psychiatry” (Springer, 2019) and upcoming texts on Islamic Psychology and Muslim Mental Health. She is particularly passionate about uncovering the historical roots of mental health care in the Islamic intellectual heritage. Through her outreach work at Stanford, she is also the Clinical Director of the San Francisco Bay Area branches of the Khalil Center, a spiritual wellness center pioneering the application of traditional Islamic spiritual healing methods to modern clinical psychology. She has been the recipient of several awards and grants for her work. Prior to studying medicine, she pursued classical Islamic studies in Damascus, Syria and holds certifications (ijaza) in Qur’an, Islamic Law and other branches of the Islamic Sciences. Dr. Awaad is also a Professor of Islamic Law at Zaytuna College, a Muslim Liberal Arts College in Berkeley, CA where she has taught courses on Shafi’i Figh and Women’s Figh and Qur’anic sciences. In addition, she serves as the Director of The Rahmah Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating Muslim women and girls. At Rahmah, she oversees the Murbiyyah spiritual mentoring program for girls. Dr. Awaad is a nationally recognized speaker, awardwinning teacher, researcher and author in both the Islamic and medical sciences. Follow her on I: Dr.Rania Awaad, T: @AwaadRania

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