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The Intersection of Ethics, Health and Social Life in the Diaspora
This volume brings together diverse disciplinary perspectives to provide a multidisciplinary and multidimensional account of Muslim ethics operating in the COVID-19 era, where scriptural values, lived experiences, societal structures, and cultural contexts combine in fresh and diverse ways. Indeed, Islamic ethical evaluation often ignores contributions from the social sciences, and contextual factors are not fully understood when issuing Islamic edicts. This volume thus aims at a more connected account of how religious concerns generated challenges and how Muslims lived out their religious values during the pandemic. Alongside descriptive accounts are normative evaluations, and insights from interviews are connected with survey analyses; in this way, the chapters render a more complete account of the intersectional engagement of Muslim healthcare professionals and community members living in minority contexts with the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Beginning with and during the pandemic from COVID-19, healthcare workers in general upheld their oaths to work to save lives. Initially, this meant long hours, damping down fears, missing family and friends, and being stressed by regulations that provided little down time. Muslim healthcare workers found themselves, in addition to overwhelming fatigue, faced with a number of concerns. Small clinics were unable to process the sheer number of patients coming to find out if they had COVID-19, due to the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) as they normally did not handle infectious disease cases, the need for specialized equipment, and the need for more staff. Many small clinics had to temporarily close. Muslim healthcare workers in hospitals such as radiologists, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians found that Muslim patients expected them to take the place of imams regarding pastoral care. With the advent of Ramadan and its obligatory fasting, healthcare workers in hospitals had the additional trial of working while fasting in PPE. This chapter examines these particular issues and more.

In: Islam, Muslims, and COVID-19
In: Islam, Muslims, and COVID-19