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Our Bodies Belong to God: Organ Transplants, Islam, and the Struggle for Human Dignity in Egypt Paperback – March 13, 2012

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"Based on extensive research in Egypt, this powerful, deeply disturbing ethnography causes readers to question commonly held assumptions about the organ transplant enterprise. Hamdy, acutely sensitive to the destructive forces of extreme poverty, argues against an ethics of codified rules whether religious or secular, and for a flexible bioethics situated in the historical, socio/economic and religious realities of Egyptians' daily life."--Margaret Lock, co-author of An Anthropology of Biomedicine

“This is the best ethnography yet available on Islamic ethical reasoning and medical practice. Hamdy presents a truly sophisticated and nuanced portrayal of the organ transplant debate in Egypt and its larger implications for the Middle East and medicine.” --John Bowen, author of A New Anthropology of Islam

Our Bodies Belong to God is a sensitive and original exploration of how religious ethics inform the practice of medicine for doctors, patients and policy makers alike. This will be read widely in medical anthropology and the field of ethics.” --Saba Mahmood, author of Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject







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Product Details

  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520271769
  • ISBN-13: 978-9812387028
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been waiting several months for this book to be published. When it finally became available this week, I wasn't disappointed.

This is a unique book covering such a wide array of concepts that to call it multi-disciplinary would do it an injustice. It is a definitive piece of work that has clearly taken many years to construct, and the final result is that of a masterpiece. The book takes the reader on a journey of discovery through the complexities of transplantation, faith and nationhood in a country emerging from a tumultuous recent history.

This refreshing book comes at a time when much of the literature in the field of transplantation ethics has become stagnant, with the same issues being debated with little progress. Therefore this ground-breaking work is most timely and presents the transplant community with a unique opportunity to look closely at itself and consider deeper issues that are little discussed. Hamdy shows no fear as she delves into topics other authors have considered taboo.

I am particularly impressed that Hamdy has actually spent considerable time in dialysis units in Egypt gathering her data. She is truly an active anthropologist, as opposed to the" armchair" variety whose work we are often obliged to consume. This gives the work serious credibility and relevance to dialysis patients, who often rightly criticize work produced at a distance. Hamdy has been there and felt the pain alongside her participants.

Individuals considering donating (or vending) a kidney would be wise to read Hamdy's work before making the critical decision to proceed.
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This book really makes you think about organ transplantation, bioethics and the process of making an ethical decision. Hamdy does an excellent job portraying all of the factors that affect organ transplantation in Egypt and Islam.
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This is a very well-done analysis of issues surrounding organ transplantation in Egypt. I will recommend it to students and colleagues interested in transcultural healthcare.
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