Interfaces and Discourses: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Islamic Theology, Law, and Biomedicine

Hosted by the Initiative on Islam and Medicine, the Center of Middle Eastern Studies, and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, this conference attends to the scholarly and discursive gaps impeding Islam and Science dialogues by convening a 3-day multidisciplinary conference focused at the intersection of Islamic tradition and contemporary biomedicine.

II&M Benefit Dinner
at Ida Noyes Hall - Cloister Club

Conference Overview

Padela.jpg Aasim I. Padela, MD, MSc
Director, the Initiative on Islam & Medicine
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Faculty, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
The University of Chicago

Conference Schedule

Friday, April 15th

Saturday, April 16th

Sunday, April 17th

Pre-Conference Workshop:
An Intr​oduction to Islamic Bioethics
Welcome & Conference Overview
Panel #4 Presentations
"Doctors & Jurists in Dialogue: Framing the Discourses"
The Actors and Material
of Islamic Bioethics 

-Aasim I Padela, MD,
MSc, University of Chicago
Panel #1 Presentations
"The Meeting Points of Moral Theology & Medical Care"
Panel #5 Presentations 
"Researching Muslim/Islamic Bioethics"
The Tools of the Islamic
Ethico-Legal Tradition (Usul)

-Jawad Qureshi, PhD(c),
American Islamic College
Panel #2 Presentations 
"The Soul and Holism in Healing"
Conference Closing Plenary Session
Theological & Ontological
Consideration for an Islamic Ethics of Medicine

-Shaykh Amin Kholwadia,
Darul Qasim
Panel #3 Presentations
"The Soul: Neuroscientific Findings & Metaphysical Realities"
Keynote Speaker:

"Rejuvenating Islamic Theological Ethics for the Muslim Polity"
-Ingrid Mattson, PhD
Keynote Speaker:

"The Role of the Ulama in Expounding an Islamic Theosophy"
-Shaykh Amin Kholwadia


Keynote Speaker:

"Relationship between "Islamic" Ontology & Epistemology in the Modern Age"
-Ebrahim Moosa, PhD

Opening Plenary


Keynote Speaker Presentations:

Kholwadia.png Shaykh Mohammad Amin Kholwadia
Executive Director, Darul Qasim Islamic Institute


Moosa.png Ebrahim Moosa, Ph.D.
Professor of Islamic Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
Graduate of Darul Ulum Nadwatul Ulama (‘alimiyaa) and the University of Capetown (PhD).


Mattson.png Ingrid Mattson, Ph.D.
London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies, Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario.
Former President of the Islamic Society of North America
Former Director of Muslim chaplaincy program at Hartford Seminary.