A conversation with Sherine Hamdy, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Kutayba Alghanim Professor of Social Sciences, Debbie Weinstein ’93, Assistant Director of the Pembroke Center.
Egypt has been undergoing major social and political transformations for several decades – including the privatization of health care, advances in science, the growing gap between rich and poor, and an Islamic revival. At the same time, the country continues to grapple with the morality, medical practice, and religious implications of organ transplantation, which Egypt first experimented with starting in the mid-1970s. Professor Hamdy, who studies cross-cultural approaches to medicine, health, and the body, talks about how Islamic ethical reasoning and bioethics inform the practice of medicine and affect patients in need of new tissues and organs. The discussion explores the presumed divide between religion and science, and between ethics and politics, and the implications for contemporary Islamic thought. pembrokecenter.org/associates/events