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Thursday, November 29 | 2:00 PM

CSME Lecture Series:
Dr. Homaira M Azim, MD

 

Dr. Homaira Azim on Shari'a and Human Dissection

 

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When:
Thursday, November 29 | 2:00 PM

 

Where:
Center for the Study of the Middle East

1105 E Atwater
Conference Room

 

What:

The CSME lecture series at Indiana University is a program driven by the students’ areas of interests in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Near East as well as requests for lectures focused on professional experience and career development. Dr. Homaira M Azim, Adjunct Lecturer of Human Anatomy at IUPUC and Professor of Gross Anatomy at Kabul Medical University is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Middle East (CSME) at Indiana University.


Abstract:

Human dissection for educational purposes is identified as non-contradictory with the Islamic Shari ’a. Besides, the strong necessity of this practice has been widely recognized in the world of Islamic jurisprudence. Human dissection for the purpose of advancing medical knowledge has been a focus of debates throughout the history of medicine. Injudiciously, dissecting human cadavers for teaching of human anatomy has been called in violation with Shari’a and therefore banned in Afghanistan since 1992. This paper comparatively examines various Islamic jurisprudential perspectives regarding permissibility of human dissection both in historical and contemporary contexts. It also probes the place of this practice in tackling with the fundamental values of biomedical ethics and Islamic biomedical ethics in particular. Furthermore, survey results of 65 medical schools operating within all member states of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have been reviewed. The single most significant outcome emerging from the data is that human dissection is commonly practiced by medical schools in all Muslim countries with the only exception of Afghanistan which continues to outlaw this practice. This research work provides the basis of an argumentation to advocate for reinstituting the practice of human dissection for teaching purposes in Afghanistan’s medical schools after 20 years suspension.

 

Friday and Saturday, November 30 - December 1

Fall 2012 Indiana
Arabic Literature Workshop

 

 

Workshop events are conducted entirely in Arabic
Free and open to the public

 

Workshop Director: Professor Suzanne P. Stetkevych

 

Program Committee:
Abdulmueen Balfas
Mohammad Alqanaei
Al Amein Alshereif


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Program of Events

 

Opening Reception

Friday, November 30, 2012
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
President's Room, University Club,

Indiana Memorial Union, First Floor

 

Workshop Panels (Program)

Saturday, December 1, 2012
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Ballantine Hall, Room 006

 

 

The Workshop is grateful for outside support from
The late Professor Alice Reid Jwaideh
Dr. Robert C. and Bridget McKinney
Al-Babtain Central Library for Poetry, Kuwait

Monday, December 3 | 12:00 Noon

CSME Lecture Series:
Professor Akiko Sumi

 

Akiko Sumi on the Translation of the 101 Nights

 

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When:
Monday, December 3 | 12:00 Noon

 

Where:
Center for the Study of the Middle East

1105 E Atwater
Conference Room

 

What:

The CSME lecture series at Indiana University is a program driven by the students’ areas of interests in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Near East as well as requests for lectures focused on professional experience and career development. Professor Akiko Sumi, of Kyoto Notre Dame University, is a visiting scholar to IU Bloomington this semester.

 

Abstract:

Prof. Sumi will address the issues and challenges of translating the Arabic folkloric narrative The Hundred and One Nights, which is considered part of the collection of The Thousand and One Nights. Through her experience of publishing the Japanese translation of The Hundred and One Nights in 2011, Professor Sumi will discuss the purpose of the translation, its intended readers, and factors both inside the text, e.g., proper nouns and stock phrases, and outside the text, e.g., the editor, parallel texts, and the function of notes.