Letter: Can Islamic Jurisprudence Justify Procurement of Transplantable Vital Organs
in Brain Death?
Mohamed Y. Rady, The Journal of Clinical Ethics 29, no. 2 (Summer): 162-3.
In their article, “An
International Legal Review of the Relationship between Brain Death and Organ
Transplantation,” in The Journal of Clinical Ethics 29, no. 1, Aramesh, Arima,
Gardiner, and Shah reported on diverse international legislative approaches for
justifying procurement of transplantable vital organs in brain death. They
stated, “In Islamic traditions in particular, the notion of unstable life is a
way to justify organ donation from brain-dead patients that we believe has not
been fully described previously in the literature.” This commentary queries the
extent to which this concept is valid in accordance with the primary source of
Islamic law, that is, the Quran.
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