The Muslim physician and the ethics of medicine


  • Thalia A. Arawi Clinical Bioethicist, American University of Beirut



Medical Ethics, Islam, Qur’an, Islamic Medical Ethics


Virtuous physicians seem to have become a rarity in modern day medical practice. Many patients and physicians feel that the profession of medicine is not living up to its own standards and expectations. It is the contention of the author that the Muslim physician, guided by the two primary sources of Islamic Law, the Qur'an and the Sunna, will possess the necessary character traits of a good physician. In this article I argue that the Muslim physician who abides by the Qur'an will live a contented life, will be trusted by his/her patients and community, and will be in line with the recently enacted Western principles of medical ethics.

Author Biography

Thalia A. Arawi, Clinical Bioethicist, American University of Beirut

Thalia Arawi is the Clinical Bioethicist and the Director of the Salim El -Hoss Bioethics & Professionalism Program at the American University Beirut Faculty of Medicine. She is also member of the American Society of Bioethics, the Canadian Society of Bioethics, the Provincial Health Ethics Network and the International Association of Bioethics. Her research interest is mainly in the areas of non-violence, animal rights, and biomedical ethics.






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