An analysis of Islamic biomedical ethics in managing patients with disorders of sex development (DSD): An experience in Malaysia

Taqwa Binti Zabidi, Ani Amelia Zainuddin, Bettina E. Schmidt

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Abstract

The purpose of this research is to identify an Islamic approach to the debate of biomedical ethics in managing Muslim patients with Disorders of Sex Development (DSD). The study is based on a case study of a Muslim patient with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) (the most prevalent type of DSD), who was raised as a female, and requested gender reassignment from female to male at age 18 years. Three ethical issues are observed from the Islamic perspective, which are, i) the optimal gender assignment, ii) the decision making process, and iii) the method and timing of assigning a gender. In conclusion the accepted Islamic underpinning provides a supportive approach in managing Muslim patients with DSD. It is also viewed, in relation to the conventional biomedical approach, to be enriching each other and providing a better framework towards the management of Muslim patients with DSD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-364
Number of pages20
JournalMedicine and Law
Volume35
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Keywords

  • Bioethics
  • Disorders of sex development
  • Gender dysphoria
  • Gender reassignment
  • Islam
  • Sharīʿah

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  • Health Policy
  • Law

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An analysis of Islamic biomedical ethics in managing patients with disorders of sex development (DSD) : An experience in Malaysia. / Zabidi, Taqwa Binti; Zainuddin, Ani Amelia; Schmidt, Bettina E.

In: Medicine and Law, Vol. 35, No. 3, 2016, p. 345-364.

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