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About the Sources

The Islamic Medical and Scientific Ethics (IMSE) collection comprises a wide range of resources that cover the broad spectrum of Islamic literature on biomedical ethics. The collection reflects the growing body of literature on the theme of Islamic bioethics, which covers both medical ethics in the traditional sense and also ethics in the life sciences as well as related discussions in the humanities and social sciences in general. The scope of the collections includes both historical sources and modern and contemporary sources which focus on both Islamic normative thought on the relevant issues, and also modern studies that focus on the application of bioethical standards for Muslim populations.

The IMSE database consists of bibliographic citations of relevant resources, mainly in Arabic and English. The Arabic collection has been developed and processed by the project’s team in Doha. Most of the Arabic citations in the database are for records that have been acquired for this project. They are shelved in the Islamic Bioethics Reading Room and are accessible during the opening hours or by appointment. These resources are for in-library use only and are not available for external loan.

The English sources have been identified and processed by the project’s team at the Bioethics Research Library of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

The Arabic collection includes several main types of sources such as:

Texts and monographs

  • Classical (pre-modern) and contemporary works of Islamic medical ethics and ethical thought in general.
  • Islamic jurisprudential treatment of medical and bioethical issues.
  • Contemporary legal and legislative treatment of medical and bioethical issues.
  • Contemporary social scientific studies on medical and bioethical issues.

Theses and Dissertations

  • Theses and Dissertations on relevant issues submitted mainly to Universities in the Arab world.

Statements and Decisions of Muslim Councils and Assemblies, such as:

  • Majma< al-Fiqh al-Islami al-Duwali, Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, Jeddah, KSA
  • Al-Majma< al-Fiqhi al-Islami, Muslim World League, Mecca, KSA
  • Islamic Organization for Medical Sciences, Kuwait

Legal Opinions and Fatwas of Islamic Organizations, such as:

  • Dar al-Ifta, Egypt
  • Majma< al-Buhuth al-Islamiyyah, Egypt
  • Ministry of Endowments, Kuwait

Journal Articles, such as:

  • Majallat al-Buhuth wa- al-Dirasat al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait University
  • Majallat al-Huquq, Kuwait University

The English resources include mainly citations to the following types of sources:

Texts and monographs

  • Books and monographs on bioethics issues highlighting either Islamic normative perspectives or relevance to Muslim populations.

Most of these books and monographs are available at the Bioethics Research Library in Washington D.C. http://bioethics.georgetown.edu/. Some of these books are also available at Georgetown university in Qatar Library http://www.library.georgetown.edu/qatar/home.

Journal Articles

The project team monitors relevant journal articles in the core list of journals that are being monitored for the Bioethics Research Library. This list includes these titles:

  • Accountability in Research
  • AJOB Neuroscience
  • AJOB Primary Research
  • American Journal of Bioethics [AJOB]
  • American Journal of Law and Medicine
  • Asian Bioethics Review
  • ATLA: Alternatives to Laboratory Animals
  • Bioethics
  • Bioethics Outlook
  • Bioethics Research Notes
  • Bioetica & Debat
  • Les Cahiers du Comite Consultatif National d'Ethique pour les Sciences de la Vie et de la Sante
  • Christian Bioethics
  • Clinical Ethics
  • CQ: Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
  • Developing World Bioethics
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Environmental Values
  • Ethically Speaking
  • Ethics and Behavior
  • Ethics and Medicine
  • Ethics and the Environment
  • Ethik in der Medizin
  • Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics
  • European Journal of Health Law
  • Hastings Center Report
  • HEC (Healthcare Ethics Committee) Forum
  • Human Reproduction and Genetic Ethics
  • Human Research Report
  • Indian Journal of Medical Ethics
  • International Journal of Bioethics = Journal International de Bioéthique
  • International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics
  • IRB: Ethics and Human Research
  • Issues in Law and Medicine
  • JAHR (Department of Social Sciences and Medical Humanities, University of Rijeka, Croatia)
  • Jewish Medical Ethics and Halacha
  • JONA's Healthcare Law, Ethics, and Regulation
  • Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics
  • Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
  • Journal of Clinical Ethics
  • Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics [JERHRE]
  • Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society
  • Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
  • Journal of Hospital Ethics
  • Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics
  • Journal of Legal Medicine
  • Journal of Medical Ethics
  • Journal of Medical Humanities
  • Journal of Medicine and Philosophy
  • Journal of the American College of Dentists
  • Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal
  • Linacre Quarterly
  • Medicina e Morale
  • Medicina y Etica
  • Medicine and Law: The World Association for Medical Law
  • Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy
  • Monash Bioethics Review
  • Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics
  • National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly
  • NanoEthics
  • Nursing Ethics
  • Public Health Ethics
  • Revista de Derecho y Genoma Humano = Law and the Human Genome Review
  • Science and Engineering Ethics
  • Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics
  • Zeitschrift für Medizinische Ethik

In addition to this list, the team also monitors this list of journal titles with narrower religious and Islamic scope:

  • American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS)
  • Anthropological Quarterly
  • Arab Law Quarterly
  • Asian Bioethics Review
  • Islamic Law and Society
  • Journal of Family and Community Medicine
  • Journal of Islamic Studies
  • Journal of Islamic Law and Culture
  • Journal of Religion and Health
  • Journal of Religion, Disability and Health
  • Journal of Religious Ethics
  • Journal of Reproduction and Infertility
  • Medical Anthropology Quarterly
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Muslim World
  • Muslim World Book Review
  • Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
  • Transplantation Proceedings

Open Source Platforms

  • Annals of Saudi Medicine
  • Center for Biomedical Ethics and Culture (Pakistan)
  • Bioethics Links
  • Fatwa Management System
  • World Fatwa Management and Research Institute
  • Islamic Science University of Malaysia
  • Federation of Islamic Medical Associations
  • IAB News (International Association of Bioethics)
  • I-Epistemology (online resources on Islamic worldview and knowledge)
  • International Medical Journal Malaysia (IMJM)
  • International Society for the History of Islamic Medicine
  • Journal of the International Society for the History of Islamic Medicine
  • Islam and Science
  • Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO)
  • Islamic Medicine
  • Islamic Medical Association of South Africa
  • Islamic Medical Association of Uganda
  • Islamic Organization for Medical Sciences [IOMS]
  • Islam USA
  • IranMedex
  • Journal of the Islamic Medical Association
  • Journal of Pakistan Medical Association
  • Science and Development Network
  • Scientific Information Database
  • Medical Ethics
  • Medical Fiqh Quarterly
  • Saudi Medical Journal
  • Türkiye Klinikleri -- Journal of Medical Ethics, Law and History
  • TUMS Electronic Journals (Tehran University of Medical Sciences)
  • Daru Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Iranian Journal of Diabetes and Lipid Disorders
  • Journal of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine
  • Iranian Journal Public Health
  • World Health Organization – Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

Islamic Juristic Councils

  • Resources Monitored (awareness and background
  • International Islamic Fiqh Academy (Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC))
  • Islamic Fiqh Council in the Muslim World League (World Muslim League)
  • European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR)
  • Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America
  • General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta (Saudi Arabia)
  • Islamic Fiqh Academy (India)
  • Fatwa Committee of the National Council for Islamic Affairs Malaysia
  • Islamic Religious Council of Singapore
  • Dar al-Ifta (Palestine)
  • The Presidency of Religious Affairs (The Republic of Turkey)


For questions about the English resources, you can contact the English resources curator

Roxie France-Nuriddin

Email: rf38@georgetown.edu

Tel. +1 202-687-3890