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ORGAN-ised rejection: An Islamic perspective on the dead donor rule in the UK- Revisited

Ali, Mansur 2021. ORGAN-ised rejection: An Islamic perspective on the dead donor rule in the UK- Revisited. Journal of British Islamic Medical Association 7 (3) , pp. 12-20.

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Abstract

Organ transplantation technology throws up deep theological, moral, cultural, and ethical questions. The discussion blurs the boundaries between life and death, and for Muslims, between halal and haram. It frustrates religious sensibilities, entangles bodies, and complicates the very identity of organ transplant patients. A recipient of a heart transplant could not get himself to say to his wife, ‘I love you with all my heart!’ as the cocktail of immunosuppressant medicine was a continuous reminder of the presence of an alien flesh in him which his body is fighting tooth and nail to reject. The alternative expression, ‘I love you with all my liver!’ elicited a repulsive look from his wife, not the response he was looking for (Wright 2020, p. 49). At rock bottom, organ transplantation questions the very meaning of what it means to be a human being. Is it an enslaved body, where the biological and metaphysical are entangled and enmeshed in to one person; or is it an embodied organism, a conglomeration of disparate body parts like that of spare car parts?

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
ISSN: 2634-8071
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 June 2021
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2021 09:15
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/140953

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