Bioethics and Organ Transplantation in a Muslim Society

Bioethics and Organ Transplantation in a Muslim Society

A Study in Culture, Ethnography, and Religion
Moazam, Farhat
Distribution: World
Publication date: 08/31/2006
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-34782-4
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Dr. Farhat Moazam has written a wonderful book, based on her extraordinary first-hand study.... [S]he is an exceptionally gifted and evocative writer. Her book not only has the attributes of a superb piece of intellectual work, but it has literary artistic merit." —Renee C. Fox, Annenberg Professor Emerita of the Social Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania

This is an ethnographic study of live, related kidney donation in Pakistan, based on Farhat Moazam’s participant-observer research conducted at a public hospital. Her narrative is both a "thick" description of renal transplant cases and the cultural, ethical, and family conflicts that accompany them, and an object lesson in comparative bioethics.

Author Bio

Farhat Moazam is a pediatric surgeon, trained in the United States as well as Pakistan. She was founding Chair and Professor of the Department of Surgery, and Associate Dean of Postgraduate Education at the Aga Khan University Medical College in Karachi. She received her PhD in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, and is currently Professor and founding Chair of the Center of Biomedical Ethics and Culture, SIUT in Karachi, Pakistan.

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Table of Contents


1. The Stage: Backdrop, Props, and Protagonists
2. Webs of Relationships and Obligations
3. Giving and Receiving Kidneys: Perspectives of Pakistani Patients and Families
4. A Surgeon in the Field
5. Conclusion: Ethics and Pakistan

Selected Bibliography