Zygon 47 (1):175-213 (2012)

Abstract. In January 1985, about 80 Muslim religious scholars and biomedical scientists gathered in a symposium held in Kuwait to discuss the broad question “When does human life begin?” This article argues that this symposium is one of the milestones in the field of contemporary Islamic bioethics and independent legal reasoning (Ijtihād). The proceedings of the symposium, however, escaped the attention of academic researchers. This article is meant to fill in this research lacuna by analyzing the proceedings of this symposium, the relevant subsequent developments, and finally the interplay of Islam and the West as a significant dimension in these discussions
Keywords ijtihad (study of Islamic principles to derive legal opinions from the law)  origin of life  Islam  stem cells  biotechnology  personhood  theology and science  bioethics  Qur'an, science
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9744.2011.01245.x
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 70,091
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Muslim Medical Ethics: From Theory to Practice.Jonathan E. Brockopp & Thomas Eich (eds.) - 2008 - University of South Carolina Press.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

The Beginning of Life Issues: An Islamic Perspective.Piyali Mitra - 2021 - Journal of Religion and Health 60 (2):663-683.

View all 6 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Aquinas's Account of Human Embryogenesis and Recent Interpretations.Jason Eberl - 2005 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 30 (4):379 – 394.


Added to PP index

Total views
103 ( #113,685 of 2,506,362 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
4 ( #170,234 of 2,506,362 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes