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Islamic Bioethics: Bioethics in Egypt  

Baudouin Dupret and Zaynab El Bernoussi

Continuous technical developments in medicine prompt different actors to think about morality, biology, and the legitimacy of scientific progress in different societies. In Muslim-majority countries, religious institutions provide a trusted source of guidance on bioethical issues for believers. Meanwhile, in Egypt, the Napoleonic colonial legacy has granted more authority to the state in ruling over the individual’s body. There are increasing demands for pluralism within Muslim-majority countries and the notion of pan-Muslim events as important venues to discuss pressing bioethics issues, such as contraception, abortion, and population control.