Translating Neuroethics: Reflections from Muslim Ethics
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Muslim ethics is cautiously engaging developments in neuroscience. In their encounters with developments in neuroscience such as brain death and functional magnetic resonance imaging procedures, Muslim ethicists might be on the cusp of spirited debates. Science and religion perform different kinds of work and ought not to be conflated. Cultural translation is central to negotiating the complex life worlds of religious communities, Muslims included. Cultural translation involves lived encounters with modernity and its byproduct, modern science. Serious ethical debate requires more than just a mere instrumental encounter with science. A robust Muslim approach to neuroethics might require an emulsion of religion and neuroscience, thought and body, and body and soul. Yet one must anticipate that Muslim debates in neuroethics will be inflected with Muslim values, symbols and the discrete faith perspectives of this tradition with meanings that are specific to people who share this worldview and their concerns.
Subjectneuroethics, Islamic ethics, Muslim ethics, bioethics, brain death, organ transplantation, Islamic law, neuroscience
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1007/s11948-012-9392-5
CitationMoosa, Ebrahim. 2012. "Translating Neuroethics: Reflections from Muslim Ethics." Science and Engineering Ethics no. 18 (2):1-10. doi: 10.1007/s11948-012-9392-5.
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Professor in the Department of Religious Studies
Ebrahim E.I. Moosa is Professor of Religious and Islamic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies. His interests span both classical and modern Islamic thought with a special focus on Islamic law, history, ethics and theology. Dr Moosa is the author of Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination, winner of the American Academy of Religion's Best First Book in the History of Religions (2006) and editor of the last manuscript of the late Professor Fazlur Rahman, Revival and Reform in Islam: A
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