Constellations Launch Malaysia - Muslim Perspectives on Social and Technological Developments Series - Genetic Modifications

We gather to mark the establishment of the IMASE journal and newsletter Constellations, where Muslim perspectives on scientific, social and technological developments are able to deepen, refine, illuminate and influence.

Date: Friday 14th May 200

Time:  9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Venue : Departmental Seminar Room, Science and Technology Department, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Guest contributors include Dr. ROSLI OMAR and Dr. ANKE SANDRA BOUZENITA. Read more for details of their talks:


Presentation 1: “The Genetic Engineering Industry: Impacts and Regulation” by Dr. Rosli Omar (Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering) University Malaya

Genetic engineering (GE) is supposed to be precise: a gene that does a certain task in one organism when transferred into another is supposed to do the same. But there are unintended consequences. We will look at the reasons for this. We will also look at the health impacts of GE. The regulation of GE crops and foods in the US is poor. We say that this is due to the close relationship between the government and industry.

Brief biodata: Dr. Rosli Omar Did a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) at Universiti Malaya, an MSc in Knowldge-Based Systems at University of Edinburgh and a Phd in Artificial Intelligence at Imperial College London and is now attached with the Department of Electrical Engineering, University Malaya. He is interested in the impact of science and technology on environment and society.

Presentation 2: “Islam, Science and Biotechnology ? An Islamic Model of Bioethics” by Dr Anke Iman Bouzenita (Assistant Professor, Department of Fiqh and Usul al?Fiqh) International Islamic University Malaysia.

The presentation is of the paper that appears in the first edition of Constellations, it tries to formulate an Islamic model of bioethics. While science may be universal or bound by a particular worldview, bioethics are directly linked to a meta-ethical system. The paper identifies the most important characteristics of this bioethical model, alluding to a number of case studies, while critically evaluating the contemporary function of Islamic law and those representing it.

Brief biodata: Dr Anke Iman Bouzenita, graduated from the University of Bochum, Germany, with an M.A. (1995) and a PhD (2001) in Islamic Studies. Assistant Professor at IIUM, department of Fiqh and Usul al-Fiqh, since 2004. Research interests and publications include history of Islamic law, Islamic perspectives on bioethics, international relations (siyar), Orientalism.


The Session will be moderated by Professor Dr. Mohd Hazim Shah bin Abdul Murad, Department of Science and Technology Studies, University Malaya whose are of interest include History and Philosophy of Science; Comparative Epistemology; & Science Culture and Religion.

We hope to see you at this event inshaAllah.

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