Our Bodies Belong to God Organ Transplants, Islam, and the Struggle for Human Dignity in Egypt

ISBN-10: 0520271769
ISBN-13: 9780520271760
Edition: 2012
Authors: Sherine Hamdy
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/3/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Why has Egypt, a pioneer of organ transplantation, been reluctant to pass a national organ transplant law for more than three decades? This book analyzes the national debate over organ transplantation in Egypt as it has unfolded during a time of major social and political transformation--including mounting dissent against a brutal regime, the privatization of health care, advances in science, the growing gap between rich and poor, and the Islamic revival. Sherine Hamdy recasts bioethics as a necessarily political project as she traces the moral positions of patients in need of new tissues and organs, doctors uncertain about whether transplantation is a "good" medical or religious practice, and Islamic scholars. Her richly narrated study delves into topics including current definitions of brain death, the authority of Islamic fatwas, reports about the mismanagement of toxic waste predisposing the poor to organ failure, the Egyptian black market in organs, and more. Incorporating insights from a range of disciplines,Our Bodies Belong to Godsheds new light on contemporary Islamic thought, while challenging the presumed divide between religion and science, and between ethics and politics.

Sherine Hamdyis Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Brown University.

List of Illustrations
Note on Confidentiality and Photography
Note on Transliteration
Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction: Bioethics Rebound
Egypt's Crises of Authority
Defining Death: When the Experts Disagree
From Secret to Scandal: Corneas, Dead Donors, and Egypt's Blind
Shaykh of the People: Genealogy of an Utterance
Transplanting God's Property: The Ethics of Scale
Only One Kidney to Give: Ethics and Risk
Principles we Can't Afford? Ethics and Pragmatism in Kidney Sales
Conclusions: Where Cyborgs Meet God
Epilogue: The Ongoing Struggle for Human Dignity
Notes
Glossary of Frequently Used Arabic Terms
References
Index

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