Why do Muslims bury their dead within 24 hours? Why do Muslim patients want same-gender care? Does Islam really sanction female circumcision? Does it permit contraception and abortion? If so, under what circumstances? Islamic Approaches to Patient Care Muslim Beliefs and Healthcare Practices for Caregivers answers these and many more questions from a Muslim perspective. It offers what s not been published before: a detailed and practical step-by-step guide to culturally sensitive care. For most Muslims, Islamic practices and beliefs permeate many aspects of day-to-day life and these become particularly evident in a healthcare setting. In this book, the author a Muslim hospital chaplain explains why. She interfaces Islamic law and medical ethics with such issues as abortion, autopsy, childbirth, female and male circumcision, death and dying, euthanasia, fertility regulation, infertility treatment, organ transplantation, stem cell research, suicide, and assisted suicide. She also explores dietary restrictions and haram (forbidden) foods, gender modesty and the veiling of women, piety and prayer, and many other relevant topics. In addition, the book includes an extensive section on commonly used phrases and prayers in transliterated Arabic, as well as applicable passages from the Qur an. As the world s Muslim population continues to surge, particularly in non-Muslim countries, Islamic Approaches to Patient Care can serve as a much-needed resource: a timely, informative, and clearly articulated guide.