AIC is co-sponsoring “A Multidisciplinary Conference on Islamic Theology, Law, and Biomedicine”

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Addresses the discursive and scholarly knowledge gaps impeding Islam and Science discourses through a 3-day multidisciplinary conference on the intersections of Islamic Theology and Law with Biomedicine.

Who: The Initiative on Islam and Medicine of the Program at the University of Chicago

When: Friday, April 15 – Sunday, April 17

Where: University of Chicago – Ida Noyes Hall
1212 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Link to promotional flyer (pdf)

Call for Abstracts—Deadline Extended to Dec. 25

The conference invites participants to share their work—be it using empirical, historical, theological, ethico-legal, social scientific, or other research methods—at the intersection of Islam and biomedicine. Papers will be grouped thematically into panels according to field of inquiry—scholastic theology (kalam), moral theology (usul al- fiqh), ethics/law (fiqh, adab, ahklaq), epistemology, empirical health research, and biomedical practice—and each panel will be brought to a close by a scholarly respondent commenting on the implications for cross-disciplinary dialogue and research that emerge from the presented work. Presenters should consider the following two questions to be the primary focus of the conference. However, abstracts on any topic of relevance are welcome.

  1. How might scientific notions of harm and risk relate to, and work with, Islamic constructs of necessity and benefit in the context of biomedicine?
  2. What is an Islamic ontology of the soul?  How does it relate to, and how might it work with, modern neuroscientific data, in order to inform a better understanding of death and care for the dying?

CLICK HERE to submit an abstract. All proposals are now due Dec. 25, 2015.



Registration is now open!

To register, please begin by selecting your appropriate professional/student status. You will be asked about your intent to participate in the Pre-Conference Workshop and the II&M Benefit Dinner. You may also register for either of these two optional events separately. Finally, if you previously participated in one of II&M’s past workshops, please email Amanda Giles ( for a 15% discount code for this registration.


Keynote Speakers

Ingrid Mattson, Ph.D.
London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies, Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario.
Former President of the Islamic Society of North America
Former Director of Muslim chaplaincy program at Hartford Seminary.

Ebrahim Moosa, Ph.D.
Professor of Islamic Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
Graduate of Darul Ulum Nadwatul Ulama (‘alimiyaa) and the University of Capetown (PhD).

Conference Director

Aasim I. Padela, MD, MSc
Director, the Initiative on Islam & Medicine
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Faculty, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
The University of Chicago


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