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Dissolving the Engineering Moral Dilemmas Within the Islamic Ethico-Legal Praxes

Solihu, Abdul Kabir Hussain and Ambali, Abdul Rauf (2009) Dissolving the Engineering Moral Dilemmas Within the Islamic Ethico-Legal Praxes. Science and Engineering Ethics, 17 (1). pp. 133-147. ISSN 1353-3452(Print), 1471-5546 (Online)

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The goal of responsible engineers is the creation of useful and safe technological products and commitment to public health, while respecting the autonomy of the clients and the public. Because engineers often face moral dilemma to resolve such issues, different engineers have chosen different course of actions depending on their respective moral value orientations. Islam provides a value based mechanism rooted in the Maqasid al-Shari‘ah (the objectives of Islamic law). This mechanism prioritizes some values over others and could help resolve the moral dilemmas faced in engineering. This paper introduces the Islamic interpretive-evaluative maxims to two core issues in engineering ethics: genetically modified foods and whistleblowing. The study aims primarily to provide problem solving maxims within the Maqasid al-Shari‘ah matrix through which such moral dilemmas in science and engineering could be studied and resolved.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 4608/2444
Uncontrolled Keywords: Engineering moral dilemma, Bioethics, Whistleblowing, GM food,Maqasid al-Shari'ah, Objectives of Islamic law
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics > BJ1188 Religious ethics
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of General Studies
Depositing User: Dr. Abdul Kabir Hussain Solihu
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2011 12:26
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2013 11:40
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/2444

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