Translating Neuroethics: Reflections from Muslim Ethics
Moosa, Ebrahim. 2012, "Translating Neuroethics: Reflections from Muslim Ethics." Science and Engineering Ethics no. 18 (2):1-10. doi: 10.1007/s11948-012-9392-5
10 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2012
Date Written: September 29, 2012
Muslim ethics is cautiously engaging developments in neuroscience. In their encounters with developments in neuroscience such as brain death and functional magnetic resonance imaging procedures, Muslim ethicists might be on the cusp of spirited debates. Science and religion perform different kinds of work and ought not to be conflated. Cultural translation is central to negotiating the complex life worlds of religious communities, Muslims included. Cultural translation involves lived encounters with modernity and its byproduct, modern science. Serious ethical debate requires more than just a mere instrumental encounter with science. A robust Muslim approach to neuroethics might require an emulsion of religion and neuroscience, thought and body, and body and soul. Yet one must anticipate that Muslim debates in neuroethics will be inflected with Muslim values, symbols and the discrete faith perspectives of this tradition with meanings that are specific to people who share this worldview and their concerns.
Keywords: Neuroethics, Muslim ethics, Islam, Islamic law, Islamic ethics, Neuroscience, Muslim ethics, bioethics, Muslim neuroethics, Islamic neuroethics
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