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Family Planning, Contraception, and Abortion in Islam

SA'DIYYA SHAIKH

in Sacred Rights

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780195160017
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849611 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160017.003.0005
Family Planning, Contraception, and Abortion in Islam

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This chapter considers the Islamic approach to the questions of family planning, contraception, and abortion. In order to explore an Islamic perspective on these issues, it is necessary to have a broader grasp of some of the fundamentals of Islam. This chapter begins by discussing some of the essential Islamic teachings about God and humanity, which form the basis for an Islamic approach to addressing ethical concerns and contemporary challenges of population growth, family planning, and human well-being. It argues that khilafah, the central Islamic concept of human moral agency in Islam demands that one address these challenges holistically. This includes a response to structural injustices relating to economic and gender hierarchies, as well as an informed approach to particulars of family planning.

Keywords: family planning; contraception; abortion; Islam; human moral agency; God; humanity; population growth; khilafah

Chapter.  10156 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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