Mona Siddiqui delivered her Distinguished Lecture: 'Faith in public life - hope or hindrance?' on Monday 3 February 2014.
Mona Siddiqui joined the University of Edinburgh’s Divinity school in December 2011 as the first Muslim chair in Islamic and Interreligious Studies. Prior to this she was Professor of Islamic Studies at Glasgow University for 15 years where she directed the Centre for the Study of Islam. Her research areas are primarily in the field of Islamic jurisprudence and Christian-Muslim relations. Amongst her publications are Christians, Muslims and Jesus (Yale University Press, 2013), The Good Muslim: Reflections on Classical Islamic Law and Theology (Cambridge University Press, 2012), The Routledge Reader in Christian-Muslim Relations, (Routledge 2012) How to read the Qur’an (Granta 2007) as well as numerous articles and think pieces. She currently holds a visiting professorship at the universities of Utrecht and Tilburg and is an associate scholar at Georgetown University’s Berkley Centre for Religion, Peace and World Affairs.
In her public work she engages on issues of faith and ethics in society as a well-known public intellectual nationally and internationally. Professor Siddiqui is a regular commentator in print and broadcasting media, a frequent contributor to Thought for the day for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland and chairs the BBC’s Religious Advisory Committee. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Royal Society of Arts and an honorary fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Scottish Architects in recognition of her public work in the UK. In 2011 she was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her contribution to interfaith services and in 2012 appeared on the BBC’s Desert Island Discs in recognition of her role in the academy and public life. She holds 3 honorary doctorates and currently serves as Assistant Principal for Religion and Society at Edinburgh University. Between 2013 and 2014, she will serve as the Vice-Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Faith for the World Economic Forum.