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Our bodies belong to God, so what? God’s ownership vs. human rights in the Muslim organ transplantation debate

Ali, Mansur 2019. Our bodies belong to God, so what? God’s ownership vs. human rights in the Muslim organ transplantation debate. Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies 19 , pp. 57-80.

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Abstract

Organ transplantation is a morally challenging subject. It gives rise to several ethical dilemmas which question the very meaning of what it means to be a human being. For some Muslims, organ transplantation impinges on God’s claim to ownership. Research reveals that proponents of organ transplantation focus on the benefits afforded to the recipient, while opponents highlight the situation of the donor. For them the entire focus on the health benefits to the recipient turns a blind eye to the dignity of the donor who is viewed as nothing more than a repository for organs, to be extracted and then forgotten. After a brief survey of the different opinions on organ transplantation, I present a translation and commentary of an article written by the former grand-mufti of Lebanon, Muḥammad Rashīd Qabbānī which attempts to research the issue of whether organ transplantation impinges on God’s sovereignty over the human body or not.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
ISSN: 0806-198X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 January 2020
Date of Acceptance: 4 January 2020
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2020 13:00
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/128210

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