Medieval hospitals in the Islamic world were backed by endowments (Waqf), and the impoverished were supported through charity (Sadaqah and Zakat-ul-fitr). Though the endowment system in the Islamic world was mercilessly abolished due to imperialism and the imposition of secular law, faith-inspired care occurs in modern countries such as the United States. In 1995, there were 585 faith-based hospitals in the country, a number that grew to 726 in 2016.  One in six hospital beds in America is managed by a Catholic healthcare institution.  Muslims have similarly contributed to American healthcare through smaller organizations and individual efforts, particularly in developing free clinics and sponsoring relief trips for underserved populations in the United States and abroad. The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) operates free clinics for uninsured patients in seven cities across the United States and has mobile clinics after Friday prayers. One study found that free Muslim-led clinics across the nation serve over 50,000 patients a year, half of whom are not believers.  Continue reading Islamic Investment in US Healthcare
Bill Gates, in an interview with MIT Technology Review this past February, declared that “all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef.” People in rich countries consume more meat, and there is growing concern about how this affects their health and the environment. Continue reading Mass Consumption: Islam and Lab-Grown Meat
To put it in layman’s terms, philosophy of science investigates both the hidden and explicit assumptions we use to derive our scientific conclusions and examines the epistemic and metaphysical claims that various theories make. Continue reading The Importance of Philosophy of Science
This centuries-old question may have crossed every Muslim’s mind from the late 19th century until recently. However, the answers offered by scholars and activists are varied and at times at odds with one another. This reflects a general lack of understanding of the issue by many parties, all adding to the confusion of an already contentious issue. Continue reading What is Missing at the Heart of the Islam and Science Nexus?
In this article, we will discuss the Islamic perspective on mandatory duty-to-warn laws in therapy, also known as the Tarasoff rule, based on Chaleby’s research. Continue reading The Tarasoff Rule and Islamic Psychiatry
Giant Turtles, Big Bang Cosmology, and the End of Materialism. Continue reading Has Religion Made a Comeback?
Looking at Cyborg Selves by Jeanine Thweatt-Bates and her approach to the posthuman from a Christian perspective. Continue reading Religion and the Posthuman Discourse
Incommensurability, the idea that there is no rational method to weigh claims between two conceptual frameworks, is a core feature of morality today and the source for moral confusion. Continue reading Scientific Naturalism and the Abortion Debate
The rise of cryptocurrencies in 2017 brought attention to the technology powering them, called “blockchains” or “the blockchain.” Continue reading Bitcoin and Technological Progress
Human gene editing poses ethical and moral dilemmas we are unequipped to answer. Continue reading Gene Editing: The Problem of Progress