Shifting discourse in the Muslim organ donation debate: reports of finding

On Thursday 27th April 2017,  Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research seminar on the topic of; “Shifting discourse in the Muslim organ donation debate: reports of finding” conducted by Dr Mansur Ali, Cardiff University. The seminar was attended by AMI students, faculty and many interested members of the public.

An abstract of his research reads;

The Human Transplantation Act (Wales) 2013, otherwise known as the ‘Law of presumed consent’ has caused a panic in the Muslim community. There are concerns that this law will interfere with religious sensibilities and dignity of the body in Islam. Based on a very small scale research, this paper will explore some of these concerns. It will argue that the organ donation debate in Islam is slowly moving towards charitable acceptance and not only tolerance. The paper will also discuss ideas related to the sociology of the body, death and dying.

Dr. Mansur Ali, current lecturer in Islamic Studies at Cardiff University, studied classical Islamic studies and Arabic at Darul Uloom Bury, UK and Al-Azhar University Cairo, Egypt. He then completed his postgraduate studies in Middle Eastern Studies (Hadith studies) at the University of Manchester researching for a PhD dissertation on the ‘Importance of the Isnad in  Al-Tirmidhi’s Sunan’. He is interested in Hadith studies as well as applied Islamic theology and ethics. He has authored a number of books and academic journal articles on the subject of Hadith, chaplaincy, drug addiction and Islamic theology, and practical theology. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Khatib at the Darul Isra Mosque, Cardiff, UK. He is also recipient of the 2015 BISCA awards

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Dr Mansur Ali (Cardiff University)