Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 55, Issue 2, pp 369–383 | Cite as

Technology in Muslim Moral Philosophy

Philosophical Exploration


The article explores the place, role and status of technology in Muslim moral philosophy. Invoking early Muslim encounters with technology the author makes the case why technology is already deeply embedded in contemporary Muslim bioethical thinking. Due to an absence of the philosophical grounding there remains some ambivalence as to why technology is essential to Muslim ethical thinking. Countering the techno-pessimists, the author makes a case in favor of compositional thinking, namely that our thinking itself is altered by our tools and our environment. Compositional thinking opposes the representational mode of thinking that creates a dichotomy between nature versus culture, and technology versus nature. One should, however, anticipate an environment in which technology would be beneficial and not be viewed as potentially harmful.


Bioethics Islam Muslim ethics Technology and Islam Islamic philosophy of science Modern Islam 


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The author declares that he has no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by the author.

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  1. 1.100 Hesburgh International CenterUniversity of Notre DameNotre DameUSA

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