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Developing an Islamic bioethics database

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Work on the QNRF-funded project to develop a bibliographic database on Islamic Medical and Scientific Ethics (IMSE) and to establish an International Islamic Bioethics Information Resource (IIBIR) is well underway.

The project is a collaboration between two of Georgetown University's research libraries: the Bioethics Research Library of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and the library of the School of Foreign Service in Qatar. It builds on more than 30 years of experience in the field of bioethics and comes as the latest in a series of ethics databases, all developed by the staff of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics.

Managing the world's first library dedicated to the study of bioethics has led bibliographers of the Kennedy Institute to compile the Bioethics Thesaurus, which consists of the controlled vocabulary or keywords used for indexing and searching the library content

The main goal of this research project is to reflect the growing interest in the field of Islamic bioethics and to facilitate access to information resources dealing with this subject.

The past few years have witnessed the expansion of interdisciplinary discussions addressing the various ethical implications of recent advances in medical and genetic sciences. Issues such as cloning, organ transplantation, and stem cell research have raised ethical concerns and posed important questions to ethical systems, both religious and secular.

The project focuses on ethical discussions either originating in the Muslim world or reflecting Islamic perspectives on these issues. Work on the project involves three main dimensions: survey of relevant resources, acquisition, and finally indexing and integration into the database. Very early results can already be seen on the homepage for the project at: http://bioethics.georgetown.edu/collections/islamic/index.html

Further news on this project will be presented nearer its completion.

Ms. Doris Goldstein
Georgetown University, Washington DC
Ms. Frieda Wiebe
Georgetown University - School of Foreign Service in Qatar

NPRP 08-783-6-017 

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