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Wilāyah and its implications for Islamic Bioethics

This article was published in March 2013 in the Journal of Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics.

One of the goals of Darul Qasim is to bring traditional Islamic scholarship to bear on the mainstream discourse in various disciplines. This paper was based on a presentation given by Shaykh Amin at the Islamic Bioethics conference in Ann Arbor, MIchigan in 2011. This article is the product of research that commenced back in 2011. This work can serve as as a foundation for application in other fields (e.g. in the area of business ethics).

Abstract (Full Article)

Juridical councils that render rulings on bioethical issues for Muslims living in non-Muslim lands may have limited familiarity with the foundational concept of wilāyah (authority and governance) and its implications for their authority and functioning. This paper delineates a Sunni Maturıdi perspective on the concept of wilayah, describes how levels of wilāyah correlate to levels of respon- sibility and enforceability, and describes the implications of wilāyah when applied to Islamic bioethical decision making. Muslim health practitioners and patients living in the absence of political wilāyah may be tempted to apply pragmatic and context-focused approaches to address bioethical dilemmas without a full appreciation of significant implications in the afterlife. Academic wilayah requires believers to seek authentication of uncertain actions through scholarly opinions. Fulfilling this academic obligation naturally leads to additional mutually beneficial discussions between Islamic scholars, healthcare professionals, and patients. Furthermore, an understanding derived from a Maturıdi perspective provides a framework for Islamic scholars and Muslim health care professionals to generate original contributions to mainstream bioethics and public policy discussions.

 

Conference papers & publications


May 7-8, 2016

Mawlana Kamil Uddin

Mawlana Kamil Uddin presented a paper entitled “Deluge: the Divine Punishment in the Qurʿān” at Kuala Lumpur International Islamic Studies & Civilizations Conference.

April 17, 2016

Dr. Muhammed Volkan Stodolsky

Dr. Muhammed Volkan Stodolsky presented a paper entitled “A Jurisprudential (Uṣūlī) Framework for Cooperation between Muslim Jurists and Physicians and Its Application for Determination of Death” by Dr. Muhammed and Shaykh Mohammed Amin Kholwadia at Interfaces and Discourses: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Islamic Theology, Law, and Biomedicine, the University of Chicago.

April 17, 2016

Mawlana Bilal Ali Ansari

Hooman Keshavarzi presented a paper entitled “The Role of Forensic Psychiatry in Islamic Law: Exploring Judicial Reasoning and Current Practices” by Mawlana Bilal Ali Ansari and Hooman Keshavarzi at Interfaces and Discourses: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Islamic Theology, Law, and Biomedicine, the University of Chicago.

April 16, 2016

Dr. Ahsan Arozullah

Dr. Ahsan Arozullah made a presentation entitled “Islamic Ontology-Based Causes and Means of Healing” prepared by Dr. Ahsan Arozullah, Dr. Aasim I Padela, Shaykh Amin Kholwadia, and Dr. Muhammed Stodolsky at Interfaces and Discourses: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Islamic Theology, Law, and Biomedicine, the University of Chicago

March 18, 2016

Mawlana Bilal Ali Ansari and Hooman Keshavarzi

Mawlana Bilal Ali Ansari and Hooman Keshavarzi presented a paper entitled “The Role of Forensic Psychiatry in Islamic Law: Exploring Judicial Reasoning and Ancient Practices” at Peace and Justice: Building Harmony Between Psyche and Law, hosted by the Muslim Mental Health Conference of the Institute of Muslim Mental Health and Michigan State University.

March 6, 2016

Dr. Muhammed Volkan Stodolsky

Dr. Muhammed Volkan Stodolsky presented a paper entitled “Certainty of Cure as a Criterion for the Medical Use of Prohibited Substances in Islamic Law” at 2016 Conference on Medicine and Religion, Houston, Texas

February 28, 2016

Mawlana Bilal Ali Ansari

Mawlana Bilal Ali Ansari presented a paper entitled “Contentions of Indian Ḥanafī Scholars on the Permissibility of Financial Interest in Post-Mughal India” at The Fiqhī Heritage in the Ottoman Empire and India in Light of Printed Works and Manuscripts, hosted by Istanbul University Theology Faculty, Istanbul Foundation for Research and Education (ISAR), and the Islamic Fiqh Academy India

February 27, 2016

Dr. Muhammed Volkan Stodolsky

Dr. Muhammed Volkan Stodolsky presented a paper entitled “دعوى الدهلوي أن أبا حنيفة كان متبع إبراهيم النخعي ومخرجا على مذهبه” at The Fiqhī Heritage in the Ottoman Empire and India in Light of Printed Works and Manuscripts, hosted by Istanbul University Theology Faculty, Istanbul Foundation for Research and Education (ISAR), and the Islamic Fiqh Academy India