Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 97–108 | Cite as

“Harvesting” and Use of Human (Embryonic) Stem Cells: An Islamic Evaluation

  • Anke I. BouzenitaEmail author
Original Research


This paper gives insight into the Islamic bioethical discussion on harvesting and using human embryonic (hESC) and adult stem cells. It describes some of the Islamic legal mechanisms involved in the bioethical discourse among Muslims. As the contemporary Islamic bioethical discourse is very diverse, the paper focuses on the critical discussion of related resolutions of the Saudi-based Islamic Fiqh Academy due to the esteem in which the IFA is held in the Islamic world and the pertinence of their rulings on this issue. This study discusses the different sources of human adult and embryonic stem cells and their use from an Islamic perspective, while questioning some directions the Islamic bioethical discourse has taken. The paper invites interested parties to deliberate the use of some of the legal means resorted to in the ongoing Islamic bioethical discourse.


Islamic bioethics Stem cell research Harvesting human stem cells Bioethics of stem cell use Islamic rulings on stem cell use 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Islamic SciencesSultan Qaboos UniversityMuscatOman

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