Islam and Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Sunni and Shia Perspectives

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Marcia C. Inhorn, Soraya Tremayne
Berghahn Books, Jul 20, 2012 - Health & Fitness - 338 pages
How and to what extent have Islamic legal scholars and Middle Eastern lawmakers, as well as Middle Eastern Muslim physicians and patients, grappled with the complex bioethical, legal, and social issues that are raised in the process of attempting to conceive life in the face of infertility? This path-breaking volume explores the influence of Islamic attitudes on Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) and reveals the variations in both the Islamic jurisprudence and the cultural responses to ARTs.
 

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Contents

Introduction Islam and Assisted Reproductive Technologies
1
Marriage Morality and Clinical Conundrums
23
Part I Introduction
24
Chapter 1 Constructing Kinship in Sunni Islamic Legal Texts
27
Establishing Limits to Avoid Social Disorder
53
Chapter 3 Controversies in Islamic Evaluation of Assisted Reproductive Technologies
70
The Iranian ART Revolution
99
Part II Introduction
100
Uterine Kinship in Shia Thought and Practice
157
The Significance of the Islamic Context
194
Comparative Case Studies of ART
219
Introduction to Part III
220
Comparing Sunni Egypt Catholic Italy and Multisectarian Lebanon
223
On Hizbullah and ARTs
261
Regulation Rhetoric and the Role of Religion
285
Contributors
312

Ethical Decision Making in Iranian Fertility Clinics
103
Challenging Happy Family Rhetoric in Iran
130

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Marcia C. Inhorn is the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs in the Department of Anthropology, and The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University.