Professor Mona Siddiqui (OBE FRSE FRSA DCivil Laws(Hon) Dlitt (Hon),Hon FRIAS)
Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies, Assistant Principal Religion and Society, Dean International, Middle East
Mona Siddiqui joined the University of Edinburgh’s Divinity school in December 2011 as the first Muslim 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 (fiqh) and ethics and Christian-Muslim relations. Amongst her most recent publications are, 50 Ideas in Islam (Quercus, 2016), Muslim Christian Encounters 4 volumes, (Routledge, 2016) 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 is currently writing a monograph on her Gifford lectures on the theme of human struggle. She currently holds research grants from the Henry Luce Foundation on Christian- Muslim studies and the Issachar Fund on the theme of gratitude in Christian and Islamic thought. She has held visiting professorships at several Dutch and American universities including a Humanitas Professorship at Cambridge University in 2014. Currently she is Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey, British University in Dubai and Kings College, London.
Professor Siddiqui is also 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 June 2016, she became a panellist on BBC Radio 4’s award winning The Moral Maze. In 2012, she appeared as a guest on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs and in July 2015, was a guest on BBC Radio 3’s Private Passions. She chairs the BBC’s Religious Advisory Committee in Scotland and during 2016 served as chair of the Scotland `Stronger In’ pro Europe campaign. In April 2016, she was invited by the Home Office to lead an independent review of shari`a councils in the UK; the report was published by the Home Office in February 2018. She served as an elected member of the Nuffield Council of Bioethics and as a member of the British Medical Associations’ Medical Ethics Committee until June 2018. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, holds six honorary doctorates and an honorary fellowship of the Royal Society of Scottish Architects for her contributions 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 and in 2017 was listed in the Debretts top 500 list of the most influential people in the UK. In April 2019, she received the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith Cooperation. In April 2019 she was also elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
OBE FRSE FRSA DCivil Laws(Hon) Dlitt (Hon),Hon FRIAS
Open to PhD supervision enquiries?
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.
Imagination and the ethics of religious narratives
God, discipleship and meaning in Rainer Maria Rilke and Muhammad al-Ghazali
The independent review into the application of sharia law in England and Wales
Poetry, prophecy and the angelic voice
50 Ideas you really need to know
The Sunday Herald Big EU Debate This week
Diatribe, Discourse and Dialogue
Who practices hospitality entertains God himself
- 8th October 2017, Forum 2000 Conference, Prague `Religion and Democracy.’ https://www.forum2000.cz/en/homepage
- 10th October, 2017, St Matthias Lecture, `Justice: Our Hope in a divided world.’ Bristol Cathedral and UWE, Bristol.
- 6th November, St Martin in the Fields Church, London, `Reforming Attitudes to Islam.’
- 7-8th November, 2017, Web Summit, `Can Democracy Survive in Europe?’ Lisbon. https://websummit.com/
- Invited to deliver the 2nd British Academy Lecture in Religious Studies at Carlton House, February 8th, Carlton House, London, 2018.