Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 519–528 | Cite as

Translating Neuroethics: Reflections from Muslim Ethics

Commentary on “Ethical Concepts and Future Challenges of Neuroimaging: An Islamic Perspective”
  • Ebrahim Moosa


Muslim ethics is cautiously engaging developments in neuroscience. In their encounters with developments in neuroscience such as brain death and functional magnetic resonance imaging procedures, Muslim ethicists might be on the cusp of spirited debates. Science and religion perform different kinds of work and ought not to be conflated. Cultural translation is central to negotiating the complex life worlds of religious communities, Muslims included. Cultural translation involves lived encounters with modernity and its byproduct, modern science. Serious ethical debate requires more than just a mere instrumental encounter with science. A robust Muslim approach to neuroethics might require an emulsion of religion and neuroscience, thought and body, and body and soul. Yet one must anticipate that Muslim debates in neuroethics will be inflected with Muslim values, symbols and the discrete faith perspectives of this tradition with meanings that are specific to people who share this worldview and their concerns.


Neuroethics Muslim ethics Islam Islamic law Islamic ethics Neuroscience 



I would like to thank the co-editor-in-chief of this journal, Stephanie J. Bird for inviting me to contribute to this special issue and for the feedback and comments she and her guest editors Michael Kalichman and Dena Plemmons provided. All remaining errors are mine.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ReligionDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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