Where Religion, Bioethics, and Policy Meet: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Islamic Bioethics and End-of-Life Care

This landmark 2-day conference, jointly sponsored by The University of Michigan Medical School, Dar-ul-Qasim Islamic Institute, and the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and held on the University of Michigan campus, brought together Islamic scholars and religious leaders, social scientists, health professionals and other stakeholders to discuss Islamic law, bioethics, medicine and health policy in the American context.

Day 1 consisted of sessions aimed at providing a foundational basis to the different disciplines engaged in the discourse, and Day 2 offered a series of roundtable discussions.

Below are links to the video presentations of each conference panel, and to the right are several resources related to the conference including the brochure, reading list, and reference packets.

Additionally, in April 2013, the Journal of Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, dedicated a special issue to papers emanating from the conference. This series of papers, edited and commented upon by Dr. Padela, are also available for educational and personal use, by means of clicking on the link to the right.


Conference Agenda

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Welcome & Introduction
Studying & Writing about Islamic Bioethics in America – the Challenges - Aasim I. Padela, MD, MS

Keynote Address
Bioethical Discourse in the US – History, Trends & Future - Howard Brody, MD, PhD

Panel 1: Exploring the Connectedness of Technology, Religion, and Culture and Law in Bioethics
Moderator: Faisal Qazi, MD
• Transplanting Bioethics into Different Societies – Concerns of Culture, Religious Values, and Ethical Frameworks
- Raymond De Vries, PhD
• The Uneasy (and Changing) Relationship of Healthcare and Religion in Our Legal System
- Robert Vischer, JD
• Q & A

Panel 2: Islamic Bioethics Through the Lens of the Islamic Tradition
Moderator: Taha Abdul Basser, MA
• Controversies in Islamic Law and Ethics - Sherman Jackson, PhD
• How Traditional Juristconsults Respond to Bioethical Dilemmas and the Role of Juridical Councils - Shaykh Musa Furber
• The Role of a Shiite Imam in Bioethical Consultations - Imam Hassan al-Qazwini
• Q & A

Panel 3: Islamic Bioethics – Public & Professional Considerations
Moderator: Hamada Hamid, MD, MPH
• Not Quite Dead: Why Egyptian Doctors Contest the
“Universal” Criteria of “Brain-Death”

- Sherine Hamdy, PhD
• The Role of Muslim Physicians in the Bioethics Discourse
- Ahsan Arozullah, MD, MPH
• What Has Religion to Do with the Practice of Medicine
- Farr Curlin, MD, MS
• Q & A

Panel 4: Bioethics and the Healthcare System
Moderator: Najah Bazzy, RN
• Hospital Ethics Committees & Their Role and Process: The Experience at the University of Michigan
- Andrew Barnosky, DO, MPH
• The Current and Potential Role of the Muslim Chaplain
- James E. Jones, MAR, DMin
• Advocating for Muslim Needs to Healthcare Systems
- Eide Alawan

Closing Remarks
What We Know, What We Don’t Know and What We Can Learn – Applied Islamic Bioethics in Action - Hasan Shanawani, MD, MPH


Monday, April 11, 2011

Opening Plenary Address
Bioethics in a World of Mechanical Medicine
- Joel Howell, MD, PhD

Bioethics, Islam and Muslim Patient Concerns – Cases from Southeast Michigan
Speakers: Najah Bazzy, RN; Imam Ali Sulaiman Ali, PhD;
Hasan Shanawani, MD, MPH

Keynote Address
Islamic Applied Ethics and the Future Approach
- Tariq Ramadan, PhD

Closing Remarks & Adjournment
- Aasim I. Padela, MD, MSc

Post-Conference Roundtable Discussion

Roundtable 1: Constructing Islamic Bioethics in the US
• The Concepts of Wilaya, Moral Obligation (Maturidi),
and Precedent in Juridical Councils
- Shaykh Amin Kholwadia
• Is There an Islamic Bioethics - Abdulaziz Sachedina, PhD
• Respondent # 1 - Tariq Ramadan
• Respondent # 2 - Shaykh Musa Furber
• Discussion

Roundtable 2: Simulating the Council in Action:
When is it Appropriate to Terminally Withdraw
Life Support

• Patient & Healthcare Professional Level Concerns
- Najah Bazzy, RN
• Hospital & Professional Level Concerns
- Andrew Barnosky, DO, MPH
• Discussion
• Respondent # 1 - Abdulaziz Sachedina, PhD
• Respondent # 2 - Shaykh Mohammed Amin Khlowadia

This conference was supported by:

  • University of Michigan Center for Ethics and Public Life, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, International Institute, Islamic Studies Program, Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Program in Society and Medicine
  • Greenwall Foundation
  • Dar-ul-Qasim Islamic Institute
  • Institute for Social Policy and Understanding
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program
  • University of Michigan Muslim Students Association
  • University of Michigan Graduate Muslim Students Association