Islamic Ethics and the Genome Question is one of the very first academic works, which examine the field of genomics from an Islamic perspective. This twelve-chapter volume presents the results from a pioneering seminar held in 2017 at the Research Center for Islamic Legislation & Ethics, College of Islamic Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, in Qatar. The contributors to this volume, coming from different disciplines and specializations, approached the key ethical questions raised by the emerging field of genomics, viz. the Genome Question (GQ), from various angles and perspectives. Their shared thesis is that the breadth and depth of both the GQ and the Islamic tradition necessitate going beyond just producing quick answers in response to immediate questions. In order to accommodate the complexity and wide scope of the GQ, the volume included critical analyses of the ethical discourse on genomics, from outside the Islamic tradition. Within the Islamic tradition, the contributing authors explored how the QG can be better explored by involving insights from various disciplines including Quran exegesis, Islamic jurisprudence, philosophy and theology. Besides its interest for researchers and students specialized in ethics, bioethics and Islamic studies, this volume will be a source of important information for geneticists, genomicists and social scientists who are interested in the ethical discourse about genomics in the Muslim world.
Contributors include Arzoo Ahmed, Abbas Amir, Saadia Bendenia, Mohammed Ghaly, Mutaz al-Khatib, Amara Naceur, Aasim I. Padela, Ayman Shabana, Trevor Stammers, Mehrunisha Suleman and Hub Zwart.
Mohammed Ghaly is Professor of Islam and Biomedical Ethics at the Research Center for Islamic Legislation & Ethics (CILE), Hamad Bin Khalifa University. Besides his many referred publications, Ghaly is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Islamic Ethics (Brill).
Preface About the Authors Introduction Mohammed Ghaly
Part 1:Collective Ijtihād and Genomics
1 Sharia Scholars and Modern Biomedical Advancements: What Role for Religious Ethics in the Genomic Era? Mohammed Ghaly 2 Islamic Ethics and Genomics: Mapping the Collective Deliberations of Muslim Religious Scholars and Biomedical Scientists Mohammed Ghaly 3 Transformation of the Concept of the Family in the Wake of Genomic Sequencing: An Islamic Perspective Ayman Shabana
Part 2: Genomics and Rethinking Human Nature
4 Conceptualizing the Human Being: Insights from the Genethics Discourse and Implications for Islamic Bioethics Aasim I. Padela 5 Islamic Perspectives on the Genome and the Human Person: Why the Soul Matters Arzoo Ahmed and Mehrunisha Suleman 6 The Ethical Limits of Genetic Intervention: Genethics in Philosophical and Fiqhi Discourses Mutaz al-Khatib
Part 3: Widening the Scope of Ethical Deliberations
7 In the Beginning Was the Genome: Genomics and the Bi-Textuality of Human Existence Hub Zwart 8 Creation, Kinds and Destiny: A Christian View of Genome Editing Trevor Stammers 9 Living with the Genome,by Angus Clark and Flo Ticehurst, within the Muslim Context Ayman Shabana
Part 4: Contributions in Arabic
10 الجينوم والطبيعة البشرية: مقاربة تحليلية في ضوء الفلسفة والعلم التجريبي والأخلاق الإسلامية سعدية بن دنيا 11 سؤال الجينوم بين الخلِقْة والأخلاق: مقاربة دلالية معرفية في أخلاقيات علم الجينوم من منظور إسلامي عباس أمير 12 الجينوم والحياة: تمديد الحياة وأثره الأخلاقي على المجتمعات الإسلامية عمارة الناصر
Researchers and students specialized in ethics, bioethics and Islamic studies. Additionally, this volume will be a source of important information for geneticists, genomicists and social scientists who are interested in the ethical discourse about genomics in the Muslim world.