On 5th August 2015, The Centre for Islam and Medicine (CIM) was invited to present its research on e-fatwas and smoking to a conference on Islamic bioethics hosted by the World Association of Medical Law (WAML) in the beautiful city of Coimbra, Portugal. The presentation, delivered by Dr. Obadah Ghannam and Mr. Aadil Sheikh, was attended by an audience of physicians, philosophers, bioethicists and lawyers, and was well received by the conference. It highlighted the potential role of e-fatwas in mapping out the existing Islamic bioethics discourse and used the example of smoking to explore how such e-fatwas can be systematically identified and analysed. Quantitative and qualitative research methods were also employed in the analysis of e-fatwas, helping to bridge the rich tradition of Islamic law and theology with contemporary scientific research tools.
This presentation fits in with the CIM’s ongoing research activities and places the organisation amongst international research bodies who continue to produce fascinating work in the field of Islamic bioethics. Research methods in Islamic bioethics continues to be a central theme of the current work of the CIM, helping to develop a robust approach in analysing and evaluating emerging ideas and the responses to contemporary ethical challanges.
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