Islamic ethics of saving life: A comparative perspective

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Addressing specific modes of reasoning common to legal and theological discussions, this paper seeks to understand how the modern debate on euthanasia fits into a broader Islamic worldview. After an overview of contrasting religious and secular ethical theories, the paper demonstrates that Islamic theological views, and also traditions on martyrdom and suicide, continue to inform Muslim authorities today. Also included are specific suggestions on the incorporation of Islamic ideas of death into the modern hospital environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-241
Number of pages17
JournalMedicine and Law
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Policy
  • Law


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