Shirin Naef

Kinship, law and religion

An anthropological study of assisted reproductive technologies in Iran
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In 2003, the first Iranian law concerning assisted reproduction was passed in the Iranian parliament, permitting embryo donation and (gestational) surrogacy. At the same time, from a religious point of view, most Shia legal authorities have taken a relatively permissive view and generally support assisted reproductive technology, including procedures that involve egg, sperm, and embryo donation and surrogacy arrangements under certain conditions. An examination of the social, legal and religious aspects of the development and implementation of these technologies in Iran is the subject of this monograph. This is the first monograph to offer a cultural account of assisted reproduction in Iran.
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This monograph examines the Iranian and Shia legal debates on technologies of assisted reproduction (including embryo donation and surrogacy) and looks at the regulations and implementation of these technologies in Iran. In particular, it addresses: 1) an analysis of the moral reasoning embedded in the Shia theological legal discourse on reproductive technology and how this tradition interprets assisted reproduction with a particular focus on underlying concepts, structure and principles of kinship; 2) the emergence and development of the relevant legislation, regulations and administrative policies and how this might shape the relationship between civil and religious law in Iran, and 3) the ways in which reproductive technology is used and understood with particular focus on underlying values, local narratives and the resulting societal dynamics. The methodological approach for this research is a combination of extensive ethnography and textual analysis of important academic and religious seminary publications in Iran, from Shia jurisprudence (fiqh) and Persian histories to the analysis of laws and verdicts.

Inhalt:
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Part I: Context
1. FRAMING THE ISSUES
Part II: Semantics
2. IDEAS ABOUT IRANIAN KINSHIP
3. SHIA APPROACHES TO ASSISTED REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGIES
4. EMBRYO DONATION LAW AND SURROGACY REGULATION: THE INTERSECTION OF RELIGION, LAW AND ETHICS
Part III: Practice
5. SURROGACY AS DOING A GOOD DEED (SAVAB)
6. A PRICELESS GIFT: A SHORT STORY OF SURROGACY
7. “M AS IN MOTHER”: MEDICAL PERSPECTIVES, CLINICAL ENVIRONMENTS AND SOCIAL DYNAMICS
8. COUSIN MARRIAGE, SIBLINGSHIP AND REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGIES
9. CONCLUSION
APPENDIX
GLOSSARY
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Autoreninformation:
Dr. Shirin Naef is a Swiss-Iranian anthropologist at the University of Zurich. Her research focuses on Bioethics especially reproductive and genetic technologies, legal anthropology, material culture, kinship, religion, Shia jurisprudence and theology.
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ISBN 978-3-7720-5616-1
EAN 9783772056161
Bibliographie 1. Auflage
Seiten 200
Format eBook PDF
Ausgabename 38616-2
Verlag A. Francke Verlag
Autor Shirin Naef
Erscheinungsdatum 15.05.2017