Islamic perspectives on the genome and the human person: why the soul matters

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Title

Islamic perspectives on the genome and the human person: why the soul matters

Author

Ahmed, Arzoo
Suleman, Mehrunisha

Language

English

Publication Date

20190000

Abstract

The unlocking of the cellular nucleus and the discovery of DNA with the identification of genes that code for particular phenotypes have profoundly influenced our understanding of the human person through a re-evaluation of inheritance, genetic and species relatedness and distinctiveness. A constellation of Islamic philosophical, theological and spiritual narratives have contributed to the definitions for and understanding of the human person. Central to such accounts is the nature and role of the soul in defining and determining the human person. Yet very few scholarly contributions consider the relationship between the human genome, its association with the human person, and how these relate to Islamic considerations of the soul. The aim of this paper is to redress this imbalance. This study seeks to extend the list of textual sources that contribute to ethical considerations of the genome question. We will show that these issues must, of necessity, include discussions of the human person and interrogate the interplay between them.

Primary Classification

2.1





Secondary Classification

2.1; 1.2; 15.1

Primary keywords

human genome [pri]; Islamic ethics [pri]

Secondary keywords

human body; human characteristics; gene therapy; genetic identity; genotype; personhood; theology

Subject

aql; nafs; qalb; ruh; soul

Note

Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)

Primary Document Type

c

Call Number

QH438.7 .I85 2019

Bibliography

57 refs.

ISBN

9789004392137 (e-book)

Book Chapter

In: Ghaly, Mohammed, ed. Islamic Ethics and the Genome Question. Leiden: Brill Open, 2019: 139-168

Collection

Citation

“Islamic perspectives on the genome and the human person: why the soul matters,” Islamic Medical & Scientific Ethics, accessed November 18, 2019, http://imse.ibp.georgetown.domains/items/show/38042.