Ahmed Ragab is The Richard T. Watson Associate Professor of Science and Religion at Harvard Divinity School, affiliate associate professor at the department of the history of science, and director of the Science, Religion and Culture program at Harvard University. His lecture will focus on the practice of medieval and contemporary Islamic biomedical ethics. Dr. Ragab will offer insights into the history of the aadab and akhlaq (upright manners and behaviors) of medical practice and treatment in the medieval Islamic world. He will also shed light on the ethical, theological, and empirical frameworks that have historically guided Muslim scholars in conferring bioethical decisions, and how that process manifests in the contemporary age of advanced medical technology, research, and treatment.
This talk will shed light on the historical and contemporary dialogue in biomedical ethics within the Islamic context. Many students on campus are pursuing careers in health and medical research. Having an awareness of the religious and cultural values and sensitivities of the growing Muslim population in the US will grant students a necessary perspective in treating patients of diverse backgrounds.