Conference–Islam and Bioethics: concerns, challenges and responses
Mar 27, 2006 12:00 AM
Mar 28, 2006 12:00 AM
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Islam and Bioethics: concerns, challenges and responses
An international, multidisciplinary conference to explore the emerging field of Islamic bioethics and to highlight the diversity of methodologies and practices that the field encompasses.
March 27–28, 2006 ~ Nittany Lion Inn, Penn State University
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Rose garden from the Generalife, Granada, Spain - Photo: J. Brockopp
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The Generalife Gardens are located in Granada, Spain. The name derives from the Arabic phrase “Jannat al-Arif” (Garden of the Architect), perhaps referring to God’s characteristic as the architect of life. The gardens were initially planted in the 14th century for the Muslim rulers of Granada and today they are a reminder of Europe’s rich Islamic heritage.
The garden is an ancient site for healing in many cultures, and when this garden was designed it likely included many of the herbs and plants used for the production of pharmaceuticals. But in its Islamic guise, the garden also represents paradise, the hope and goal of all believers.
The Qur’an describes paradise as “gardens underneath which rivers flow,” an irrigated garden, nature tamed to a (divine) purpose. As the site where human efforts combine with those of nature and the divine to produce healing, the garden forms an ideal metaphor for this conference.