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The Foundations of Islamic Medical Ethics

This essay outlines the predominant system of medical ethics used today in the West, and then contrasts it with the essence of the Islamic ethical theory. The foundations of the latter are described in more detail, elucidating the principles and methodology employed by the Muslim jurist in deriving rulings in the field of medical ethics.

The key topics covered include:

  • Western Medical Ethics
  • Islamic Medical Ethics
  • Usul al Fiqh (The Principles of Jurisprudence)
  • Maqasid al Sharia (The Purposes of the Law)
  • Qawa’id al Fiqh (The Legal Maxims of Jurisprudence)
  • The Importance of Scholarship

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