Following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, Muslim intellectuals and scholars have, for the most part, refuted the barrage of criticism from the West by explaining the basic teachings of the religion and Islam’s contributions to Western civilisations.
But in this article, Ahmed Dirie argues that they have neglected to deal with contemporary social issues in science and technology — for example, advances in biomedical sciences — that are in great need of attention. While other religious groups have played an active role in shaping these social issues, Muslims have failed to develop a collective stance.
Dirie argues for the establishment of an independent Islamic bioethics panel to serve as an advisory group for Islamic governments and communities. Other measures, such as training Muslim bioethicists, incorporating biomedical issues into school curricula and educating the community about such issues are also recommended.