Developing A Philosophy Of Healing Using An Islamic Epistemological Framework

Omar Hussain, D.O., Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University
Ahsan M. Arozullah, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Development Medical Sciences-Oncology, Astellas Pharma, Northbrook, IL
Akbar M. Ali, MD, Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine, NorthShore University Health System, Evanston, IL
Umar M. Shakur, DO, Noninvasive Cardiologist & Director of Cardiact Rehab, Sturdy Cardiology Associates, Attleboro, MA
M. Amin Kholwadia, Director of Darul Qasim Institute, Glendale Heights, IL

Medicine and religion utilize internally consistent understandings of key concepts, such as ‘healing’, as philosophical foundations for informing what and who may heal. Shared beliefs in these philosophical understandings arise from underlying medical and religious epistemological frameworks that inform the discovery, development, and incorporation of knowledge. Appreciating differing epistemological frameworks underpinning medical and religious understandings may address apparent conflicts and gaps between medical and religious perspectives on treatment benefits…

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FC MD Duke University, Josiah C. Trent Professor of Medical Humanities

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Christian Chaplain, SIU Catholic Healthcare

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JG MD, DMin, President and CEO, Institute for Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX

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