Macalester Islam Journal


This paper will explore the issues of birth control and abortion within the religion and tradition of Islam. This paper will draw upon the Encyclopedia of the Qur’an, the Encyclopedia of Islam, and the Qur’an itself. In the first part of the paper I will present the relevant information and expand on it by addressing disagreements that have arisen within Islam regarding these issues. Next, I will comment on the modern implications of the Islamic stance on birth control and abortion. Finally I will forward my assertion that Islamic practice and tradition on the subject of birth control and abortion is, in fact, extremely progressive in comparison to current law and practice in the United States.