The Boundaries of Life – Bioethical Challenges
Ethical Questions in Judaism and Islam – Dialogical Lecture Series as part of the Jewish-Islamic Forum (With Video Recording in German and English)
Progress in biotechnology and medicine confronts secular and religious communities with themes that challenge the human self-image, traditional values, and social conditions. Laurie Zoloth, professor of religion at Weinberg College, Northwestern University, and İlhan Ilkılıç, director of the Institute for the History of Medicine and Ethics at the University of Istanbul, will discuss Jewish and Muslim stances, inter alia, on treatment methods of reproductive medicine, stem cell research, gene therapy, and euthanasia. In doing so, they touch on the great existential questions surrounding the beginning and the end of life, as well as on the dignity and meaning of the human existence.
Laurie Zoloth is professor of religion with a focus on bioethics and Jewish ethics at Weinberg College, Northwestern University. She was president of the American Academy of Religion and a member of the NASA National Advisory Council.
İlhan Ilkılıc is professor of medicine and philosophy. He is director of the Institute for Health Sciences and the Institute for the History of Medicine and Ethics at the University of Istanbul. His research foci include intercultural medicine ethics and Islamic bioethics, and he is a member of the German Ethics Council.
Dr. Martin Mahmud Kellner, Institute for Islamic Theology, Osnabrück University