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Islamic Bioethics (IMSE Project)
The Islamic Medical and Scientific Ethics (IMSE) Project is a collaborative effort of Georgetown Libraries to produce a comprehensive collection of resources pertaining to Islamic perspectives in the broad field of bioethics.
The Islamic Medical and Scientific Ethics (IMSE) Research Guide
The Islamic Medical and Scientific Ethics (IMSE)database is a collaborative effort of two Georgetown Libraries, the Bioethics Research Library (Washington, DC) and the Georgetown University Qatar Library (Doha), to produce a comprehensive collection of scholarly resources pertaining to Islamic perspectives in the broad field of bioethics.
The intersection of Islam and bioethics has been represented in the Bioethics Research Library’s collection since 1974. A unique focus of the IMSE database is to cover literature written in Arabic and English providing a bridge for international reflection on bioethics.
IMSE staff have collected over 4,700 relevant written works and compiled them into a searchable database. This IMSE research guide shows researchers how to use the IMSE database effectively and educates them about the Islamic bioethics resources contained in the collection. As the project continues, this guide will be expanded with new materials and features. We invite you to check back often for updates.
The Islamic Bioethics Project (IBP) at Georgetown University in Qatar started in 2009 with a grant proposal submitted to Qatar National Research Fund to develop an information resource for Islamic Medical and Scientific Ethics (IMSE). The three-year project aimed to identify, collect, catalogue, and index relevant multi-lingual and multi-format resources and facilitate access to them by creating comprehensive bibliographic records within an integrated information retrieval system.
The IMSE collection and database is now just one of the research initiatives of the Islamic Bioethics Project (IBP). IBP aims to serve as a general guide for interdisciplinary research in the field of bioethics, and staff have participated in major local, regional, and international conferences in the humanities and social sciences, particularly in the fields of bioethics, Islamic studies, and information studies. The project’s activities and initiatives included the successful organization of an international conference in June 2012. In October 2012, the project received the prestigious award of the Best Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences, Humanities, and Islamic Studies Research Program of the Year at Qatar Foundation’s Annual Research Forum.
In 2012 another grant proposal was submitted to Qatar National Research Fund to develop the world’s first Encyclopedia of Islamic Bioethics. This second three-year proposal aimed to achieve three main goals: expansion and further development of the IMSE collection and database; establishment of the infrastructure for and development of the Encyclopedia of Islamic Bioethics; and raising awareness about the field of Islamic bioethics through various scholarly outreach initiatives, programs and events. The Encyclopedia is scheduled to be published by Oxford University Press and will also be integrated with Oxford Islamic Studies Online.
In 2015 a third grant proposal was submitted to Qatar National Research Fund to investigate the impact of modern genetic and reproductive technologies on the structure of the nuclear family. In addition to further expanding the bibliographic infrastructure of the project through the IMSE collection and database, the project aims to utilize these and similar resources in exploring the impact of new genetic and reproductive technologies on the Islamic conceptualization of the nuclear family in terms of both the (re)formulation of relevant rules as well as the administration of these rules.