Musa Furber is qualified to issue Islamic legal edicts (fatwās). He received his license to deliver edicts from senior scholars at Egypt’s official fatwā institute Dār al-Iftā’ al-Miṣriyya including Shaykh Dr. Ali Gomaa. He studied traditional Islamic disciplines for over 15 years with numerous scholars in Damascus, Cairo, and elsewhere. He also holds a BA in Applied Linguistics from Portland State University, and an MPA from Dubai School of Government. He worked at the Tabah Foundation since August 2008. He currently resides in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


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Journal Articles

Abdur-Rashid, Khalil, Furber, S. W., Abdul-Basser, Taha. (2013), Lifting the veil: a typological survey of the methodological features of Islamic ethical reasoning on biomedical issues. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. doi: 10.1007/s11017-013-9251-7

Padela, A. I., Furber, S. W., Kholwadia, M. A. and Moosa, E. (2013), Dire Necessity and Transformation: Entry-points for Modern Science in Islamic Bioethical Assessment of Porcine Products in Vaccines. Bioethics. doi: 10.1111/bioe.12016

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