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Dr. Ayman Shabana

Islamic legal and intellectual history, human rights, and bioethics in islam

Dr. Ayman Shabana is Associate Research Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, his MA from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and his BA from Al-Azhar University in Egypt. His teaching and research interests include Islamic legal and intellectual history, Islamic law and ethics, human rights, and bioethics. He is the director of the Islamic Bioethics Project, which has been supported by three consecutive grants from Qatar National Research Fund’s National Priorities Research Program. In 2012, he received the Research Excellence Award at the Qatar Annual Research Forum and during the academic year 2013-2014 he was a visiting research fellow at the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School. He is the author of Custom in Islamic Law and Legal Theory, in addition to several academic journal articles, which appeared in Islamic Law and Society; Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies; Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science; Hawwa: Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World; Religion Compass; and Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy.