This book presents a critical analysis of the debate in Muslim countries at the religious, legal and political level, sparked by the introduction of new biomedical technologies such as cloning, genetics, organ transplants and in vitro fertilisation. The book draws on law, sociology, anthropology, politics and the history of science. For this reason it will be of interest to scholars and operators in a wide variety of disciplines and fields.
Describes the overall development of the ethical-juridical-social and political debate on new medical technologies in Muslim areas with a problematic and critical approach
Compares national laws, the positions of the religious authorities, the attitudes of the populations and actual medical practice
Offers an extremely variegated picture of Islamic culture, rich in contrasts and surprises. This variety shows the existence of an Islamic pluralism or of several Islams also on the ethical and bioethical level
Responds to the growing interest shown by Western societies in the "culture of Others"
Provides health operators (doctors, nurses, specialists), social workers (eg in the field of immigration and social work) and administrative and political authorities with fundamental indications for their relations with Muslim patients
A unique analysis of the introduction of new biomedical technologies in Muslim countries
A comprehensive, multidisciplinary perspective of current biomedical issues in an Islamic context