Parlee Center for Science and the Common Good

Toward a Comprehensive, Holistic, and Theologically-rooted Islamic Bioethics

Dr. Aasim Padela is an emergency medicine physician, health services researcher, and bioethicist at the University of Chicago whose scholarship focuses on the intersection of community health, religious tradition, and bioethics.

Dr. Padela’s empirical research assesses how religion-related factors impact health behaviors and outcomes among American Muslims, and influences the practice of American Muslim physicians.  As a fellow at the non-partisan think-tank the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding and in conjunction with several Muslim community organizations, these data are mobilized towards culturally-tailored healthcare interventions and policy recommendations.

Dr. Padela’s bioethics scholarship explores the ways in which the Islamic tradition and its authorities assess modern biomedicine and biotechnology. A key focus of this research involves exploring how scientific data and ways of knowing can work in concert with traditional Islamic moral reasoning and theology to develop a comprehensive, holistic, and theologically-rooted Islamic bioethics. Towards this end he collaborates with traditional Islamic jurisconsults and Islamic bioethics researchers around the world and co-directed a landmark multidisciplinary conference entitled Where Religion, Bioethics, and Policy Meet: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Islamic Bioethics and End-of-Life Care .