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CIM BIOETHICS & ISLAM MASTERCLASS 2

Beginning of life & ensoulment: the status of the embryo, abortion and assisted reproductive technologies


Join us for the second masterclass in our Bioethics & Islam series, exploring ethical themes at the beginning of life.

Advancing biomedical technologies are revolutionising therapeutic and research possibilities at the beginning of life, all the whilst also raising ethical dilemmas and questioning our values and beliefs about life. When does human life begin? What is the status of the embryo? When is an embryo granted the status of a person? How long should embryos be kept alive for research?

These questions have a renewed significance in the context of abortion, genetic testing, assisted reproductive technologies and embryonic stem cell research, with experts in the UK calling for extending the legal limit of keeping embryos alive beyond the current 14-day limit, and Dutch health councils recommending that laws be modified to allow the creation of embryos for research.

We will be joined by Dr Mohammad Ghaly (CILE, Doha), Shaykh Arif Hussain (Al-Mahdi Institute, Birmingham) and other experts to discuss Islamic ethical perspectives and developments on this theme.

Book your place today, whether to attend in person, livestream online, or have recorded access after the event. Bursaries are available on application for those who would otherwise be unable to attend without financial support. Please email: masterclasses@thecim.org.uk to request a bursary application form.


ABOUT THE BIOETHICS & ISLAM MASTERCLASSES

The Bioethics & Islam Masterclasses is an interdisciplinary programme of learning and engagement where a team of experts will explore faith-based ethical perspectives on how to think about and navigate biomedical advances and their practical, moral and spiritual implications.


WHO IS THIS PROGRAMME FOR?

This programme is aimed at patients, healthcare professionals, scholars, academics, chaplains, community advocates, policy specialists and students. We welcome anyone with an interest in themes related to ethics, healthcare, and faith.


WHY ISLAM & BIOETHICS?

A growing number of Muslim patients and practitioners face complex decisions in clinical and research settings. The overwhelming array of biomedical diagnostic tools, treatment options and spectra of care pathways offer choice, therapy and longevity. These interventions and their outcomes also present complex ethico-legal challenges to notions of personhood, health, illness and spirituality, and whether the interventions are compatible with Islamic ethics and values. This course offers a space for participants to discuss complex issues within bioethics in an interdisciplinary learning environment, and to contribute to future research and development in this field.


THEMES & DATES


CLASS 1: 17TH APRIL 2017, LONDON

Topic: Islamic ethics and law: sources, methodology and their application to the field of bioethics

Presenters: Professor Tariq Ramadan, Sayyid Fazel Milani, Imam Yunus Dudhwala, Dr Mehrunisha Suleman, Dr Mansur Ali

Location: 27 Sussex Place, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RG


CLASS 2: 10th SEPTEMBER 2017, LONDON

Beginning of life and ensoulment: abortion, assisted reproductive technologies, and the status of the embryo

Presenters: Dr Mohammad Ghaly, Shaykh Arif Hussain, Dr Helen Watts, Rehanah Sadiq & others...

Location: 27 Sussex Place, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RG


CLASS 3: TBC

The limits of science and playing God: Genetics and enhancement

CLASS 4: TBC

Defining health and illness in Islam and medicine: understanding mental health and well-being

CLASS 5: TBC

Defining death and the process of dying: end of life and organ donation

CLASS 6: TBC

Competing interests when caring for the patient: values, policy and practice


SPEAKERS include:

Professor Tariq Ramadan (University of Oxford), Sayyid Fazel Milani (Imam Khoei Islamic Centre), Professor Aziz Sheikh (Edinburgh University), Dr Timothy Winter (Cambridge University), Dr Ghazala Mir (Leeds University), Dr Shuja Shafi (MCB), Shaykh Ruzwan Mohammed (iSyllabus), Professor Ingrid Mattson (Huron University College, Canada), Imam Siddiq Diwan (Chaplain, Manchester University Hospitals), Dr Trevor Stammers (St Mary's University), Dr Mansur Ali (Cardiff University), Dr Asim Yusuf (Consultant Psychiatrist, BCPFT), Dr Ayman Shabana (Georgetown, Qatar), Professor Ilhan Ilkilic (Istanbul University), Dr Aysha Divan (Leeds University), Dr Akram Nadwi (Oxford), Dr Khalil Hassanally (GP, NHS London), Dr Razeen Mahroof (ITU Consultant, Cambridge University Hospitals), Dr Mehrunisha Suleman (Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge, & CIM), Dr Saad Ismail (GP, Chair of trustees, CIM), Dr Obadah Ghannam (GP, Head of Research, CIM), Shaykh Arif Hussain (Al Mahdi Institute), Dr Mohammad Ghaly (CILE, Doha), Dr Ali-Reza Bhojani (Al Mahdi Institute), Rehanah Sadiq (Chaplain, QEH Birmingham)


COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course surveys definitions, explanations and an analysis of the constituents of ethical reasoning, distinct to the law, as formulated and practiced in the Islamic tradition. An overview of the historical developments and future challenges for themes in Islamic bioethics will be covered, delineating the role of producers and consumers in this field and the challenges they face as they navigate knowledge, language and authority in everyday bioethical dilemmas.


COURSE OUTCOMES

  • Identify and define the sources, language, producers and consumers of bioethics.

  • Develop a toolkit to identify and apply, through case studies, ethical principles and theories.

  • Discuss and analyse the emerging methodological challenges within the field of Islamic bioethics, demonstrating the need for collaborative knowledge-production.

  • Engage in an interdisciplinary exchange with practitioners, scholars, chaplains, academics and policy specialists.

  • Join a community of diverse professionals and collaborate on future research and projects.


REGISTRATION & COURSE INFORMATION

  • Sessions include: Speaker presentations, panel discussions, case-study analyses, breakout groups and Q&A.

  • Resources provided: reading lists, live online streaming, video recordings, presentations, session synopses.

  • Lunch and refreshments provided.

  • Class timings: 9.30am-6pm.

  • Location: London

  • LIVE STREAMING and recorded access


PARTNERS

Our partners include: HRH Prince AlWaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge, and the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, Cardiff University.

For further information, or to explore opportunities for collaboration with the CIM on the Masterclasses, please contact the Programme Director, Arzoo Ahmed, arzoo@thecim.org.uk.

ENDORSED BY

The Masterclasses programme is endorsed by the British Islamic Medical Association, and the Muslim Spiritual Care Provision.


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