OBE FRSE FRSA
Honorary DCivil Laws, (Uni. of Huddersfield)
Honorary DLitt, (Uni. of Wolverhampton)
Honorary DLitt, (Uni. of Leicester)
|Residence||Glasgow, Great Britain|
|Alma mater||University of Leeds|
Mona Siddiqui OBE FRSE FRSA (born 3 May 1963) is a British Muslim academic. She is Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at the University of Edinburgh. and is a member of the Commission on Scottish Devolution.
Siddiqui was born in Karachi, Pakistan. The family moved from Pakistan to England in 1968. Her father was a psychiatrist and moved to England to carry out post-graduate work in Cambridge. His work eventually took the family to Huddersfield when he gained a substantive job. They lived in four successive houses in Huddersfield, moving partly because the family expanded from four to six, and finally into a 1930s detached house in a relatively prosperous area near the town centre. The household was very literary and there were many books in the house. Siddiqui became closest to her sister about seven years younger than herself. Urdu was generally spoken at home, and so the children became bilingual. Her father also spoke Arabic and worked in Saudi Arabia for a few years, where he was visited by Siddiqui at the age of about 18 years together with her sister.
Siddiqui took her Bachelor of Arts in Arabic and French at the University of Leeds (graduating in 1984), and her Master of Arts in Middle-Eastern Studies and PhD in Classical Islamic Law at the University of Manchester (graduating in 1986 and 1992 respectively). She is or has been a member of the Advisory Boards for Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art, Scottish Asian Arts, IB Tauris Religious Studies project and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in March 2005 and of the Royal Society of Arts in October 2005. She is currently the Chair of the BBC's Scottish Religious Advisory Committee. She also holds an Honorary D.Litt. from the University of Wolverhampton and the University of Leicester. In addition she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Civil Laws from the University of Huddersfield.
She has worked at the University of Glasgow since 1996, and in 1998 founded the Centre for the Study of Islam. In 2006, she was appointed Professor of Islamic Studies and Public Understanding, and served as a Senate Assessor on the University Court.
Her areas of specialism are classical Islamic law, law and gender, early Islamic thought, and contemporary legal and ethical issues in Islam. Professor Siddiqui is the author of 'How to Read the Qur'an' Granta, a four volume edited collection, `Islam' (Sage) and `The Good Muslim' (CUP). She is currently working on two further monographs with Yale UP and IB Tauris. She has published articles and chapters on classical Islamic Law and also writes and speaks frequently on Christian-Muslim issues.
Siddiqui was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours for services to inter-faith relations. Siddiqui is patron of The Feast, a pioneering youthwork charity which is focussed on community cohesion between Christian and Muslim young people.
Siddiqui is fluent in French, Arabic and Urdu and is married with three sons.
- Siddiqui, Mona (2007). How to read the Qur'an. London: Granta Books. ISBN 9781862079458.
- Siddiqui, Mona ed. (2010). Islam (4 vols). London Thousand Oaks, Calif: Sage. ISBN 9781847873606.
- Siddiqui, Mona (2012). The good Muslim: reflections on classical Islamic law and theology. New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521518642.
- Siddiqui, Mona (2013). The Routledge reader in Christian-Muslim relations. London New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780415685542.
- Siddiqui, Mona (2013). Christians, Muslims and Jesus. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300169706.
- Siddiqui, Mona (1995). "Mahr: legal obligation or rightful demand". Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies (Oxford Journals) 6 (1): 14–24. doi:10.1093/jis/6.1.14.
- Siddiqui, Mona (December 2005). "When reconciliation fails: global politics and the study of religion". Journal of the American Academy of Religion - Oxford University Press (Oxford Journals) 73 (4): 1141–1153. doi:10.1093/jaarel/lfi118.
- Siddiqui, Mona; Farrar, Max (May 2006). "When alienation turns to nihilism: the dilemmas posed for diversity post 7/7 (response article)". Conversations in Religion and Theology - Blackwell Publishing (Wiley Online) 4 (1): 109–114. doi:10.1111/j.1479-2214.2006.00085.x.
- Siddiqui, Mona (July 2006). "Islam: issues of political authority and pluralism". Political Theology - Equinox Publishing (Metapress Essential) 7 (3): 337–350. doi:10.1558/poth.2006.7.3.337.
- Siddiqui, Mona (2008). "Editorial: Sharia and the public debate". Political Theology - Equinox Publishing (Metapress Essential) 9 (3): 261–264. doi:10.1558/poth.v9i3.261.
- Ibrahim, The Muslim view of Abraham. "Prophet Ibrahim". Professor Mona Siddiqui. BBC - Religion. Retrieved 6 August 2013.
- Siddiqui, Mona. "Staff profile". University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
- LEARNING TO COEXIST: Anthony McRoy talks to Professor Mona Siddiqui THIRD WAY MARCH 2008
- "Summit on religious harmony is thrown into discord by Malaysia". The Times (London). Retrieved 2010-05-13.
- Bio0graphy page, Commission on Scottish Devolution
- "BBC iPlayer - Desert Island Discs: Mona Siddiqui". Retrieved 2012-10-26.
- "The House I Grew Up in, featuring Mona Siddiqui". The House I Grew Up In. 2008-08-13. BBC. BBC Radio 4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/thehouseigrewupin/pip/9yhpv/.
- Jesus, Islam and interfaith humbleness interview on halalmonk.com
- The London Gazette: . 11 June 2011.
- OBE ‘humbles’ Siddiqui Herald Scotland, 11 June 2011
- "Curriculum Vitae: Mona Siddiqui, Ph.D, DLitt (HON), FRSE, FRSA", University of Glasgow Theology and Religious Studies staff page