Genetic engineering in contemporary Islamic thought

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Muslims share with others both the interest in and the concern about genetic engineering. Naturally their reactions and views stem from general Islamic dogma and from Islamic medical ethics, but they are not unaware of Western scientific data. Particularly relevant is the Islamic religious prohibition against "changing what Allah has created." Muslim muftis try to offer practical solutions for individuals. Islamic law is concerned about maintaining pure lineage. Consanguineous matings are very common, but induced abortions are usually ruled out. Cloning has reawakened among Muslims an old debate over the positive as well as hazardous aspects of genetic engineering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)567-573
Number of pages7
JournalScience in Context
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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