OBE Professor Mona Siddiqui
Huddersfield-raised Professor Mona Siddiqui studied Arabic and French at the University of Manchester, before proceeding to doctoral work on the Hanafi fiqh and marital relations. Dr Siddiqui is now Head of Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow, Senior Lecturer in Arabic and Islamic Studies, and Director of the Centre for the Study of Islam.
Dr. Siddiqui has authored a series of chapters in books including “The Image of Christ in Islam” in Stanley Porter’s Images of Christ Ancient and Modern and “The Muslim Presence in Europe: Past and Present Issues” in A Europe of Neighbours.
She is a regular contributor to ‘Thought for the Day’ for BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 4. She is a consultant on Middle Eastern Affairs for the Ministry of Defence and a member to both the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburg, and the Scottish Religious Advisory Council for the BBC.
Dr. Siddiqui has organized a series of conferences covering a multitude of subjects, including Islamic theology, classical literature, modern Arabic literature, women and Islam, and contemporary issues facing the Muslim world. She has delivered a series of speeches at many international conferences such as the Christian-Muslim Seminar held in Qatar and the Religion and Media Symposium held in Atlanta, U.S. The Centre for the Study of Islam has most recently been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Ford Foundation in New York to study philanthropy amongst British Muslims.
Professor Mona Siddiqui was presented with her OBE in 2011, for services to inter-faith relations. She was also named in the Glasgow Herald’s “Scotland’s top 50 influential women of 2012“.
Inaugural lecture: Prof Mona Siddiqui
Professor Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies, delivered her inaugural lecture entitled “Love and Law in Christianity and Islam”.
Recorded on Monday 4 March 2013 at the University of Edinburgh’s St Cecilia’s Hall.