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Our Bodies Belong to God: Organ Transplants, Islam, and the Struggle for Human Dignity in Egypt
Why has Egypt, a pioneer of organ transplantation, been reluctant to pass a national organ transplant law for more than three decades? This book analyzes the national debate over organ transplantation in Egypt as it has unfolded during a time of major social and political transformation-including mounting dissent against a brutal regime, the privatization of health care, a ...more
ebook, 370 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Perseus - Ucal Pod
(first published January 1st 2012)
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Organ transplantation is a fascinating and highly controversial topic. Though we in the West tend to see it as overwhelmingly positive, those in other countries face far greater ethical challenges. Bioethics is a nascent field in Islamic jurisprudence, a fact this book frequently acknowledges. Looking at the concept of organ transplants through an Egyptian lens made me challenge some of my own assumptions and preconceptions. If you are interested in Islam, Egypt, ...more
Very much enjoyed this book, especially the last few chapters where she really did well at contextualizing organ donation and the transnational elements of it. I especially liked when she spoke of the need to not criminalize the process because it automatically creates criminals and victims, whereas the process of selling organs and receiving them is much more complex, as with so many other phenomena.