Call for Papers
Theme: Islamic Perspectives on Organ Donation after Death
Type: 1st Islamic Perspectives on Ethical Issues Workshop
Institution: Al-Mahdi Institute
Organ Donation and Transplant Research Centre, University of
Location: Birmingham (United Kingdom)
The Islamic Perspectives on Ethical Issues workshop series aims to
provide an open platform for critical Islamic scholarship concerned
with contemporary challenges faced by Muslims in every day life,
particularly with regards to issues of applied ethics. By bringing
together experts in traditional Islamic sciences of various
dispositions, academics, and individual’s working with the
grass-roots, the workshop will enable a dialectic between
theoreticians dealing with ethical frameworks and those who
understand the day to day problems at a practical level.
The workshop, hosted by Al-Mahdi Institute in conjunction with the
Organ Donation and Transplant Research Centre at the University of
Bedfordshire, hopes to facilitate multi-disciplinary scholarship
dealing with “Islamic Perspectives on Organ Donation after Death.”
Approximately 6,500 people are currently waiting for an organ
transplantation with an average of three people losing their lives on
a daily basis. To tackle the chronic shortage of organ donors,
England is currently transitioning towards a system of presumed
consent, also known as the opt-out system, to be implemented in 2020.
With studies consistently showing that British Muslims are reluctant
to become donors citing religion as an influential factor in the
decision-making process, there is an urgency to address the various
problems which arise with regards to cadaveric organ donation.
The two-day workshop consists of a 20-25-minute presentation by each
presenter followed by an opportunity for questions and answers.
Following the workshop, participants will be invited to submit their
developed papers for publishing. The workshop welcomes and encourages
proposals for papers dealing with issues pertaining to organ
donation, including but not limited to:
- The perceptions and opinions of Muslims regarding organ donation.
- The determination of death in Islam and its implications for both
heart-beating donation and donation after controlled and
uncontrolled cardiac death.
- Pediatric donation and the authority of parents/guardians to
consent on behalf of minors.
- Theological perspectives pertaining to the human soul and spirit
and issues such as the notion of bodily ownership and bodily
- Analysis of jurisprudential rulings including those which preclude
donation to individuals who are not Muslims.
Proposals for a single presenter should include the following:
- Contact information and a brief bio of presenter(s),
- Tentative title(s),
- Abstract(s) (300- 500 word).
The deadline for submission of proposals is 26th July 2019.
Successful applicants will be notified by 2nd August 2019.
The workshop will be hosted at Al-Mahdi Institute, Birmingham.
Accepted applicants from within the E.U. will be supported for their
travel and hospitality during the workshop, with a further limited
number of travel bursaries available for those applying from outside
Proposals and queries should be sent by e-mail to Mahdiyah
60 Weoley Park Road
Birmingham B29 6RB