Mohammed Ghaly | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Dr. Mohammed Ghaly

Dr. Mohammed Ghaly (PhD)

Professor of Islam and Biomedical Ethics
Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics
Islamic Studies
College of Islamic Studies
Master of Arts in Applied Islamic Ethics

Joint Professor
College of Health and Life Sciences

  • Phone+974 44546460
  • Office locationC.01.041


Dr. Mohammed Ghaly is Professor of Islam and Biomedical Ethics at the Research Center for Islamic Legislation & Ethics (CILE) at CIS. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Islamic Studies from Al-Azhar University (Egypt) and Master of Arts and PhD degrees in the same specialization from Leiden University, the Netherlands. 

Dr. Ghaly's main specialization is in the intersection of Islamic ethics and biomedical sciences, and he is presently the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Islamic Ethics (published by Brill). Ghaly has lectured on Islamic (bio)ethics at many universities worldwide including Imperial College London, Oxford University, University of Oslo, University of Chicago, and Georgetown University.

Besides his book, Islam and Disability: Perspectives in Theology and Jurisprudence (Routledge, 2010), and the edited volumes, Islamic Perspectives on the Principles of Biomedical Ethics (Imperial College & World Scientific, 2016) and Islamic Ethics and the Genome Question (Brill, 2019), Ghaly is the single author of more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and serves on the editorial board of a number of academic journals. He is also the Lead Principal Investigator (LPI) and research consultant of a number of funded research projects.


Research Interests

  • Islamic Bioethics
  • Islamic Law
  • Science and Religion
  • Islam in the West
  • Genetics/Genomics


Program Coordinator, MA in Applied Islamic Ethics


2019 – 2020
  • Program Coordinator, MA in Islamic Studies


    2016 – 2017
  • Academic Director

    Research Center for Islamic Legislation & Ethics (CILE), CIS, HBKU

    Mar 2014 – Present
  • Professor of Islam and Biomedical Ethics


    Sep 2013 – Present
  • Faculty Member (Rank 2 and Rank 1)

    Faculty of Religious Studies, Leiden University

    2007 – 2013
  • Lecturer of Islamic Studies

    Faculty of Religious Studies, Leiden University

    Sep 2006 – Oct 2007
  • Study Advisor for the Islamic Theology Department

    Faculty of Religious Studies, Leiden University

    Jan – Aug 2006


PhD in Religious Studies

Leiden University

  • MA in Islamic Studies (Cum Laude)

    Leiden University

  • BA in Islamic Studies (in English)

    Al-Azhar University, Cairo


Selected Publications


  • Ghaly, M. (Ed.). (2019). Islamic Ethics and the Genome Question.

    Leiden, Netherlands: Brill.

  • Ghaly, M. (Ed.). (2016). Islamic Perspectives on the Principles of Biomedical Ethics.

    London: Imperial College & World Scientific.

  • Ghaly, M. (2010). Islam and Disability: Perspectives in Theology and Jurisprudence.

    London: Routledge.


  • Ghaly, M. (2014). Evil and Suffering in Islam.

    In Peterson, M., Hasker, W., Reichenbach, B., & Basinger, D. (Eds.), Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings, 5th Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Ghaly, M. (2013). Apostasy in Islam: Public or Private? Classical and Contemporary Discussions of Muslim Scholars and their Relevance for Muslims in the West.

    In Hofstee, W., & van der Kooij, A. (Eds.), Religion Beyond its Private Role in Society. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. 83-114.


  • Ghaly, M. (2019). The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Islamic Tradition: The Question of Legal Capacity in Focus.

    Journal of Disability & Religion. 23(3). 251–278.

  • Ghaly, M. (2015). Biomedical Scientists as Co-Muftis: Their Contribution to Contemporary Islamic Bioethics.

    Die Welt des Islams. 55(3-4). 286-311.

  • Ghaly, M. (2014). Human Embryology in the Islamic Tradition: The Jurists of the Post-Formative Era in Focus.

    Islamic Law and Society. 21(3). 157-208.

  • Ghaly, M. (2012). Milk Banks Through the Lens of Muslim Scholars: One Text in Two Contexts.

    Bioethics. 26(3). 117-127.

  • Ghaly, M. (2012). The Beginning of Human Life: Islamic Bioethical Perspectives.

    Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science. 47(1). 175-213.

  • Ghaly, M. (2012). Religio-ethical Discussions on Organ Donation among Muslims in Europe: An Example of Transnational Islamic Bioethics.

    Journal of Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy. 15(2). 207-220.

  • Ghaly, M. (2011). Training Imams in Europe: The Challenges of Developing a Unified Program, Leiden University as a Study Case.

    Journal of Islamic Theology and Religious Education. (1)1. 57-70.

  • Ghaly, M. (2009). The Interplay of Technology and Sacredness in Islam: Discussions of Muslim Scholars on Printing the Qur’an.

    Studies in Ethics, Law, and Technology. (3)2. 1-24.


  • Ghaly, M. (2015). Euthanasia.

    In Encyclopedia of Islam 3rd edition. Brill.

  • Ghaly, M. (2014). Prophetic Medicine (al-tibb al-Nabawī).

    In Fitzpatrick, C., & Walker, A. (Eds.), Muhammad in History, Thought, and Culture; An Encyclopedia of the Prophet of God. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.

  • Ghaly, M. (2014). Abortion.

    In Jennings, B. et al (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Bioethics. New York: Macmillan Reference, 4th edition.

  • Ghaly, M. (2014). Muslim Responses to Evolution Theory.

    In Ibrahim Kalin (Ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Science, and Technology in Islam.