Islam and Medical Ethics


In a pluralistic society, with a public healthcare system, understanding the perspectives of the Muslim patient is imperative. In view of the everchanging medical context and advances in genetics and drug/technical development understanding the foundations of Muslims’ beliefs would help deliver better patient-centred treatment, as well as enhance value-based practice. Why patients seek or do not seek treatment, or whether they would agree or not to a treatment plan is rooted in their concept of what is permitted, discouraged or forbidden in Islam. Whether artificial reproductive techniques, organ donation, genetic manipulations etc. are acceptable or not can also be ascertained by an understanding the objectives of Shari’a.   

Programme details

Session 1

Introduction to Islam

Session 2

Sources of guidance and Objectives (Maqᾱsid) of Shari'a

Session 3

Normative Principles/maxims (Qawa’id) of Shari'a

Session 4

Moral status of actions

Session 5

Seeking treatment

Session 6

Obtaining consent from patients

Session 7

Patient confidentiality

Session 8

Transplant/Organ donation

Session 9

Withholding /withdrawing treatment

Session 10

Artificial reproductive treatments and genetics

Session 11

End-of life decisions

Session 12

Milk banks and Islam


Description Costs
Programme Fee (No Accommodation - inc. Tuition, Lunch & Dinner) £850.00
Programme Fee (Standard Single Room - inc. Tuition and Meals) £1485.00
Programme Fee (Standard Twin Room - inc. Tuition and Meals) £1245.00
Programme Fee (Superior Single Room - inc. Tuition and Meals) £1600.00
Programme Fee (Superior Twin Room - inc. Tuition and Meals) £1345.00


Dr Aisha Malik


Aisha Malik, facilitates medical ethics teaching (part-time) at Warwick Medical School and is a Research Fellow at HSMC, University of Birmingham. Her areas of interest are : Gender  and decision making, justice in international research.

Course aims

This course aims to provide an understanding of principles that undergird Islamic ethics and their application in contemporary medical practice.

Teaching methods

All summer school courses are taught through group seminars and individual tutorials. Students also conduct private study when not in class and there is a well stocked library at OUDCE to support individual research needs.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be expected to understand:

  • What is the overarching principle that governs Shari’a
  • Whether certain aspects of contemporary medical practice serve the Muslim patient population
  • Advances in science and their implications for Muslim patients in light of Shari’a
  • How to align the good that medicine may provide with the good that patients seek

Assessment methods

Students are assessed during the summer school by either a 1500 word written assignment or a presentation supported by individual documentation. To successfully gain credit (10 CATS points) students should attend all classes and complete the on-course assignment. There is also a pre-course assignment of 1000 words set. Although this does not count towards credit, it is seen as an important way of developing a student's ideas and therefore its completion is mandatory.