Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 58, Issue 1, pp 74–86 | Cite as

Developing an Islamic Research Ethics Framework

  • Abbas RattaniEmail author
  • Adnan A. Hyder
Philosophical Exploration


In surveying the medical literature on Islamic principles of research ethics, it is apparent that attempts to identify ethical principles are replete with issues of standards and gaps in knowledge of the uses of scriptural sources. Despite this, attempts at creating an Islamic ethical framework for research ethics may improve current practices in research in Muslim-majority countries and contribute to the growing canon of secular bioethics. This paper aims to identify principles and considerations within Islam that (1) overlap with current corpora on research ethics, and (2) further informs the current research ethics discourse.


Islam Research ethics Human subjects protections Religion Ethical framework 


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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stritch School of MedicineLoyola University ChicagoMaywoodUSA
  2. 2.Department of International HealthJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Berman Institute of BioethicsJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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