A response to Damian Howard, SJ

As I read Damian Howard’s comments in his recent blog entry, I started to engage in my own self-critical assessment. In my previous blog entry I may have given the impression of being a thoroughgoing supporter of rationalism in order to provoke Muslim exclusivist legal-juridical discourse to consider a more universalist, text-based argument that suggests a default secularity of Islamic religious thought.

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Is There an Islamic Bioethics?

Historically, Muslim bioethics has essentially been based on legal decisions without any reference to ethics as understood in secular discourses. In the last decade, some Muslim jurists have begun to understand the need to discuss their rulings in light of ethical considerations of right and wrong, resulting in a new moral discourse.

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