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Religious viewpoints: Sunni Islam

Ali, Muhammad ORCID:, Maravia, Usman and Padela, Aasim 2023. Religious viewpoints: Sunni Islam. Hurst, Daniel J., Padilla, Luz and Paris, Wayne D., eds. Xenotransplantation: Ethical, Regulatory, and Social Aspects, Vol. 1. Cham: Springer, pp. 163-177. (10.1007/978-3-031-29071-8_14)

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In this chapter we address the question of xenotransplantation from a Sunni Islamic perspective. We consider how Islamic theological anthropology informs us about the usage of animals for human benefit, and how theology informs notions of healing and curing. Next, we delve into Islamic juridical perspectives on permitted and impermissible treatments based on the nature of the therapy and various contingencies that allow for the usage of normatively prohibited products in medication and therapy. These discussions are followed by a review of leading juridical views that permit porcine-based xenotransplantation based on conditions of (i) dire necessity (ḍarūra) or extreme need (hājah), (ii) posited efficacy, and (iii) lack of alternatives. We close the chapter by raising Islamic, Muslim, and societal concerns with porcine xenotransplantation and argue that it should be treated as a stop-gap measure.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
Q Science > QL Zoology
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783031290701
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 June 2023
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2023 13:00

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