Professor Mona Siddiqui (OBE FRSE FRSA DCivil Laws(Hon) Dlitt (Hon),Hon FRIAS)

Professor in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations and Dean International, Middle East


My areas of research are in Islamic Studies, particularly in classical Islamic law (fiqh) and ethics and the theological history of Christian-Muslim relations. I welcome Masters or Phd applications from students in both disciplines.

Throughout my university career, I have always been involved in public life and worked with the media. Aside from my broadcasting,  I chair the BBC’s Scottish Religious Advisory Committee and am a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.


Mona Siddiqui joined the University of Edinburgh’s Divinity school in December 2011 as the first person to hold a chair in Islamic and Interreligious Studies. She also holds the posts of Assistant Principal for Religion and Society and Dean international for the Middle-East at the University of Edinburgh  Prior to this she worked at Glasgow University directing the Centre for the Study of Islam. Her research areas are primarily in the field of Islamic jurisprudence and ethics and Christian-Muslim relations. Amongst her most recent publications are, Hospitality in Islam: Welcoming in God’s Name (Yale UP, 2015), My Way: A Muslim Woman's Journey (IB Tauris, 2014), Christians, Muslims and Jesus (Yale University Press, 2013), and The Good Muslim: Reflections on Classical Islamic Law and Theology (Cambridge University Press, 2012). She has held visiting professorships at several Dutch and American universities including a Humanitas Professorship at Cambridge University in 2014. 

She is well known internationally as a public intellectual and a speaker on issues around religion, ethics and public life. She is a regular commentator in the media, known especially for her appearances on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland’s Thought for the Day.  In 2012, she appeared as a guest on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs in 2012 and in July 2015, was a guest on BBC Radio 3’s Private Passions.  She chairs the BBC’s Religious Advisory Committee in Scotland. She has recently been elected to join the Nuffield Council of Bioethics and invited onto the Board of the Franco-British Council. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, holds four honorary doctorates and an honorary fellowship of the Royal Society of Scottish Architects for her contribution to public life.  In 2011, she was awarded an OBE for her contribution to interfaith services. In 2014 she spoke on religion and politics at the World Economic Forum in Davos as she is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Faith for the World Economic Forum. In 2015, she was named in the Debretts top 500 list of the most influential people in the UK. In 2016, she will give the Prideaux lectures at the University of Exeter and the Gifford lectures at the University of Aberdeen.


OBE FRSE FRSA DCivil Laws(Hon) Dlitt (Hon),Hon FRIAS

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

My main research is in classical Islamic law (fiqh), juristic arguments and the interface with contemporary ethical issues.

I have an interest in Muslim theology which has developed into Christian-Muslim relations.


More information about research projects by Prof Siddiqui are available on her Edinburgh Research Explorer profile.

In the press

Hear Prof Siddiqui's "thought for the day" from Radio 4