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The beginning of human life in Islamic history 

February 13, 2020From 3:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Casa Árabe Ambassadors’ Hall (at Calle Alcalá, 62, First Floor). From 3:30 to 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.

Casa Árabe is hosting the presentation of a project on Contemporary Bioethics and the History of the Unborn in Islam (known by the abbreviation “COBHUNI”) at its Madrid headquarters on February 13.

The presentation of this project, headed by Professor Thomas Eich of the Asian-Africa Institute of the University of Hamburg, has been arranged by himself and researcher Adday Hernández of the ILC-CSIC (Juan de la Cierva IJCI-2017-31351), with the participation of six of the project’s researchers.

Since September 2015, Thomas Eich has been working with his team to examine how ideas about prenatal life in Islamic history have changed over 1,400 years of Islamic history. The goal of this project, financed through a fellowship granted by the European Research Council (ERC) is to demonstrate what factors have influenced and also possibly changed these ideas at different times from a general perspective.

The history of ideas about prenatal human life in Islam has not yet been explored up to now. However, in contemporary bioethical debates within Islamic jurisprudence, these ideas constantly play an important role, for instance when discussing abortion, as well as genetic research and reproductive medicine.

For centuries, Qur’anic exegesis (tafsir) and the sayings from the Prophet Muhammad (hadiths) in this respect have continued to evolve up to the modern day. In both of these genres, we can find ideas regarding prenatal life. The exegetical literature provides information about how, for example, legal problems, theological discussions and medical knowledge originating from one specific era can be associated with individual passages from the Qur’an and the Hadith.


Further information on the COBHUNI Project

The beginning of human life in Islamic history