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This is the first of a two-part series with Muslim intellectual Dr. Javad Hashmi. In this episode Josh interviews him about his journey from pro-choice to pro-life and how Muslims think about moral culpability and human value. They spend the rest of the episode having an impromptu nerdy philosophy debate about personhood.
Javad T. Hashmi is a board-certified emergency physician, former Fellow of Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School, and a PhD candidate in the Study of Religion (Islamic Studies) at Harvard University. In addition to his medical training, Dr. Hashmi holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Arabic & Islamic Studies from U.C. Berkeley and Harvard respectively.
- 00:00 Introducing Javad
- 01:08 Javad’s story from pro-choice to pro-life
- 04:13 A primer on American Muslim politics
- 09:24 Javad’s story continued
- 13:44 On compassion for post-abortive women
- 15:50 Thinking through the complexities of moral culpability and abortion
- 19:18 The role (or lack thereof) of religion in the abortion debate
- 26:22 What Muslims think about “first breath” and human value?
- 33:21 More on the Muslim view of human value
- 45:29 Javad interacts with how ERI staff think about personhood
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Host: Josh Brahm
Guest: Dr. Javad T. Hashmi
Audio/Video Editor: Chapter One Films & Josh Brahm
Publisher: Jen Westmoreland