Islamic ethics and modern biotechnology

Latifah Amin, and Siti Fairuz Sujak, and Abdul Latif Samian, and Mohamad Sabri Haron, and Mohamad Nasran Mohamad, and Mohd Yusof Othman, (2009) Islamic ethics and modern biotechnology. SARI: Jurnal Alam dan Tamadun Melayu, 27 (2). pp. 285-296. ISSN 0127-2721


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Contribution of modern biotechnology to the betterment of the agricultural sector and human health is undeniable. However, many consumers, environmental groups and some scientists have voiced strong concerns over the long term effects of modern biotechnology products on human health and environment. According to some researchers, the central problem underlying biotechnology is not just its short term benefits and long term drawbacks, but the overall attempt to “control” living nature on an erroneous mechanistic view. We as human have conscience and our religious belief. Many religions do not allow unrestricted interference with life such as genetic engineering. The pace of discovery in genetic based biotechnology is very rapid and there is anxiety that a kind of technological compulsion (if we can do it, let’s do it) will drive development ahead of proper ethical consideration of their propriety. In Islam, ethic is known as akhlaq based on al-Qur’an and al-Hadith. Ethic of modern biotechnology is classified according to three part of akhlaq: ethical issues related to God (Allah), ethic among human beings and ethic related to living things. In this paper, ethical aspects of modern biotechnology will be discussed from Islamic perspective

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Agricultural sector; biotechnology; human health; Islamic ethics
Journal:International Journal of the Malay World and Civilisation (Formerly SARI)
ID Code:1201
Deposited By: Ms. Nor Ilya Othman
Deposited On:12 May 2011 04:04
Last Modified:14 Dec 2016 06:29

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