The 'four principles of bioethics' as found in 13th century Muslim scholar Mawlana's teachings

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Title

The 'four principles of bioethics' as found in 13th century Muslim scholar Mawlana's teachings

Author

Alsoy, Sahin
Tenik, Ali

Publisher

2002/00/00

Language

English

Publication Date

20020000

Abstract

Background: There have been different ethical approaches to the issues in the history of philosophy. Two American philosophers Beachump and Childress formulated some ethical principles namely 'respect to autonomy', 'justice', 'beneficence' and 'non-maleficence'. These 'Four Principles' were presented by the authors as universal and applicable to any culture and society. Mawlana, a great figure in Sufi tradition, had written many books which not only guide people how to worship God to be close to Him, but also advise people how to lead a good life to enrich their personality, as well as to create a harmonious society and a peaceful world. Methods: In this study we examined the major works of Mawlana to find out which of these 'Four Principles of Bioethics' exist in Mawlana's ethical understanding. Results: We have found in our study that all these principles exist in Mawlana's writings and philosophy in one form or another. Conclusions: We have concluded that, further to Beachump and Childress' claim that these principles are universal and applicable to any culture and society, these principles have always existed in different moral traditions in different ways, of which Mawlana's teaching might be presented as a good example.

Primary Classification

2.2

Secondary Classification

2.2;1.2;2.1

Primary keywords

historical aspects--[pri];Islamic ethics--[pri];principle-based ethics--[pri]

Secondary keywords

autonomy;beneficence;bioethics;cross-cultural comparison;justice;Muslim world;philosophy;theology;Western world

Subject

pre-modern Muslim religious scholars--[pri];Thirteenth Century--[pri]

Subject

Sufism

Journal Article

BMC Medical Ethics2002 October 8; 3:4:7 p.

Link for Internet access

Note

30

Primary Document Type

ja

Call Number

citation

Bibliography

36 refs.

ISSN

14726939

Collection

Citation

“The 'four principles of bioethics' as found in 13th century Muslim scholar Mawlana's teachings,” Islamic Medical & Scientific Ethics, accessed May 26, 2024, http://imse.ibp.georgetown.domains/items/show/33786.