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Dire Necessity and Transformation: Entry‐Points for Modern Science in Islamic Bioethical Assessment of Porcine Products in Vaccines


Aasim I. Padela


University of Rochester Medical Center - Department of Emergency Medicine

Steven W. Furber


Tabah Foundation

Mohammad A. Kholwadia


University of Chicago

Ebrahim Moosa


Duke University - Department of Religion

February 2014

Bioethics, Vol. 28, Issue 2, pp. 59-66, 2014

Abstract:     
The field of medicine provides an important window through which to examine the encounters between religion and science, and between modernity and tradition. While both religion and science consider health to be a ‘good’ that is to be preserved, and promoted, religious and science‐based teachings may differ in their conception of what constitutes good health, and how that health is to be achieved. This paper analyzes the way the Islamic ethico‐legal tradition assesses the permissibility of using vaccines that contain porcine‐derived components by referencing opinions of several Islamic authorities. In the Islamic ethico‐legal tradition controversy surrounds the use of proteins from an animal (pig) that is considered to be impure by Islamic law. As we discuss the Islamic ethico‐legal constructs used to argue for or against the use of porcine‐based vaccines we will call attention to areas where modern medical data may make the arguments more precise. By highlighting areas where science can buttress and clarify the ethico‐legal arguments we hope to spur an enhanced applied Islamic bioethics discourse where religious scholars and medical experts use modern science in a way that remains faithful to the epistemology of Islamic ethics to clarify what Islam requires of Muslim patients and healthcare workers.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 8

Keywords: Islamic bioethics, religious ethics, Muslims, fatwa, fiqh, moral theology

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Date posted: January 4, 2014  

Suggested Citation

Padela, Aasim I. and Furber, Steven W. and Kholwadia, Mohammad A. and Moosa, Ebrahim, Dire Necessity and Transformation: Entry‐Points for Modern Science in Islamic Bioethical Assessment of Porcine Products in Vaccines (February 2014). Bioethics, Vol. 28, Issue 2, pp. 59-66, 2014. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2374530 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bioe.12016

Contact Information

Aasim I. Padela (Contact Author)
University of Rochester Medical Center - Department of Emergency Medicine ( email )
Box 655, Strong Memorial Hospital
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14627
United States
(585) 305-7909 (Phone)
Steven W. Furber
Tabah Foundation
P.O. Box 107442
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Mohammad A. Kholwadia
University of Chicago
1101 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States
Ebrahim Moosa
Duke University - Department of Religion ( email )
Box 90964
Durham, NC NC 27708-0204
United States
9196603520 (Phone)
9196603530 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://religiondepartment.duke.edu/people?Gurl=%2Faas%2FReligion&Uil=moosa&subpage=profile
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