After the Body

Debating Organ Transplantation in Egypt


  • Mohammed Tabishat Department of Sociology, United Arab Emirate University



law, religion, politics, transplantation, body parts


Transplantation of body parts has long provoked debates in Egypt among various community leaders who most notably represent the institutions of medical care, the law, religion and politics. The debates include diverse issues stretching most significantly from the practical benefits of these advanced surgeries, to their contribution of preserving the overall integrity of society as a whole as they provide solutions to purely medical problems while simultaneously solving larger moral, social and ethical challenges. I consider these debates to be representations constituted by a discourse of power over the body, which I suggest to should be viewed not only as a skin-bound physical entity but more significantly as a space incarnating the moral, ethical and spiritual aspects of society at large. Furthermore, I suggest that this conceptualization, in which religion, the law and ethics play the most significant roles, throws doubt over materialist perspectives of embodiment and calls for further attention to the notion of ensoulment.

Author Biography

Mohammed Tabishat, Department of Sociology, United Arab Emirate University

Mohammed Tabishat is currently a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin, Program of Europe in the Middle East, the Middle East in Europe (EUME) and an Assistant professor of anthropology and sociology, Department of Sociology of the University of the United Arab Emirates.


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How to Cite

Tabishat, M. (2008). After the Body: Debating Organ Transplantation in Egypt. Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts, Cultural Histories, and Contemporary Contexts, 3(1), 77–96.